Friday October 08, 2021

LHC Barres Authorities From Blocking Roads During Matches

Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday barred authorities from blocking roads during international cricket matches.

Justice Shahid Karim heard the plea against blocking of roads during the international cricket matches.

“Who told you to block roads during matches?” Justice Shahid Karim asked. “For the transportation of teams, you should adopt a single free route so that the rest of the traffic doesn’t get disturbed.”

Lahore CTO told the court that the instructions, to block roads, were issued by the Home Department. “No police policymaking involved in the decision,” he said.

Justice Karim argued that the provision of basic rights to the people was the government’s responsibility.

The judge pointed out that he himself was stuck in traffic for the past two days. “When roads are closed, patients are stuck in traffic for hours. What if they die before reaching the hospital? Who will be responsible?”

Lahore’s SP security advised that during international events, the Home Department should be given the responsibility for the traffic and security plan.

“If the Pakistan Cricket Board is hosting international events, they should accommodate the teams near the stadiums,” the judge advised, adding that closing or blocking roads is not a solution.

Consequently, the court summoned the home secretary and adjourned the hearing till Monday.

Every time an international event is scheduled in Pakistan, the first step taken by authorities is to block roads and traffic. Last month, when the New Zealand cricket team arrived in Rawalpindi, the Cricket Stadium Road was closed for all the matches.

Murree Road from Faizabad to Double Road was completely closed at the time of the cricket teams’ arrival at the cricket stadium and during their departure. People were told to use alternative routes to avoid inconvenience.

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