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A revival that suffocates

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How long will we suffer the brunt of Shehbaz Sharif’s bravado?

Two games were played in Lahore on Tuesday: one was a cricket match played in Gaddafi Stadium, in which Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs. The other was a Snakes and Ladders game played outside on the roads, involving millions of commuters of the city, who, perhaps after a toss of coin, a guess, or any luck-based decision, I’m not sure, would pick a route towards their destination, without any real knowledge whether some kind of hindrance awaits them on their way or not.

The plan to secure the arrival and stay of World XI in Lahore has stalled life completely—and for that, it is an utter failure. If you tell a disgruntled man or woman who has been through the insufferable experience these past few days, of trying to navigate the present landscape of Lahore, which looks like a maze and nothing resembling a functional city, that this is about the return of great things to Pakistan, they will smack you in the face. Major avenues were blocked yesterday and the day before to accommodate the movement of World XI and the match itself, jamming traffic in several parts of the city, including Jail Road, Mall Road, Ferozepur Road, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Garden Town, and others areas; it was a far departure from the organised picture that the CTO had presented as the intended outcome of its ‘comprehensive plan’. What we really had is office workers and businessman, jostling for the smallest of space to manoeuvre through the clogged routes and perhaps save some time.


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