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October 11, 2006

Victim of 'VIP movement'

 
October 11, 2006

We happen to live on the same street as Mohammadmian Soomro's private residence. On the days when he is visiting Lahore and especially when he is visiting in the capacity of acting president of Pakistan, we find it absolutely impossible to move in and out of our neighbourhood. We have to beg the policemen, who are plastered over every centimetre of the roads around his residence, to be allowed to go to our house. It is another story when he is about to leave; the traffic is blocked for about 45 minutes before his departure. We the taxpayers suffer and are unable to report to our jobs on time or meet appointments on time because the 'elected' representatives need the security and 'protocol'.

I request our 'elected' representatives to kindly think of the people of Pakistan who vote for them and fund all their activities. Please stay within your glasshouses because you do not see the real Pakistan as you zip around on empty roads. If you fear for your lives, then why do you endanger yourselves by coming out? Please carry on enjoying your affluent lifestyles, while the rest of us fund them, since we are working for you, please let us carry on with our routine. We should not be allowed to stand around wasting precious time, which should be put to better use of generating more money for you.

Jean Albert

Lahore