But in countries like ours, anyone can block any street or lane anytime, without caring for the law and orders’ situation. In federal capital ‘D Chowk’ has become a preferred place for such protests. In Karachi, Press Club is always a place to protest in front of, which makes sense too, but Numaa’ish Roundabout (Zero point of Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum) has become a permanent place for protests of religious organizations and Friday post-prayer till sunset has now become a permanent timing for such protests. (Due to being under construction, this the disturbance is postponed since last more than half a year) Apart from that, there is no law about who blocks which road without taking prior permission, and that is Okay with everybody. People block streets through tents for their personal family functions without taking any consent from any institution. Group of people protesting before Karachi Press Club sometimes starts moving suddenly towards the RED ZONE and when the law enforcement agencies opt to stop them from doing so, they become under question by our FREE MEDIA and considered unkind.
Why don’t and shouldn’t our federal as well as provincial governments think upon the need of specifying a certain place for such protests, which may remain open for whole the day and any individual, group of people, political or the religious party may be allowed to record their peaceful protests remaining within prescribed limits and SOPs, which can be duly covered by the media also. In this way, it will be easier to take action against those, who violate the rules and use other venues for the purpose.
This country eagerly needs HYDE PARKS in every major city.