It is very common for the people of Pakistan, especially those living in Islamabad, to wait hours due to VVIP movements. Not only does the common man suffer but the patients, in ambulances, have no way to escape the traffic and these roadblocks often result in fatal delays.
The Supreme Court (SC) has now ordered to reduce the prolonged roadblocks for these VVIPs, who are entitled to such protocol under the current law. The SC directed that roadblocks should not hold the traffic for more than 2 minutes.
No matter who the VVIP movement is for, citizens of Karachi shouldn’t be affected: CJP
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the matter at the SC Karachi Registry on Saturday (four days ago). Accordingly, it had ordered the provincial advocate-general and IG to file their comments on the matter.
“I am also a VVIP, but the roads don’t get blocked when I am traveling,” CJP remarked in Saturday’s meeting.
In Saturday’s meeting, IG Allah Dino Khawaja had told the court that only certain VVIPs, keeping in view their security needs, are entitled to traffic blocks as per the Blue Book.
“Not all roads are closed, for the safety of the movement, we organize and close off traffic for not more than two minutes,” AD Khwaja told CJP.
To which, CJP replied, “If that being so, as per the Blue Book the traffic block should be imposed strictly for not more than two minutes so that minimum inconvenience is caused to the public”.
Justice Nisar said that prolonged traffic jams can endanger many lives, therefore, this matter shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Pending Plea of 10-month-old Bisma
The plea of Bisma is still pending disposal at the Sindh High Court (SHC).
In January 2017, 10-month-old Bisma was brought to Civil Hospital, Karachi by her father Faisal. The trauma center, however, was ceased by security officials for the arrival of PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto, then Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah, and others. She died as she could not getting timely treatment and her relatives went to court for justice bu the mater is yet to be resolved.