Islamabad the red zone area!
Islamabad is facing a lot of controversial statements from around the world, due to the ongoing situation of Lal Masjid and then the judicial crisis.
My friends abroad ask me what it is all about. They are scared and anxious to know about all the facts and figures, but what to tell them as we ourselves do not know what the true picture is. Who is behind the scene and what conspiracy theory is taking place.
One of my friend who is visiting Pakistan asked me, before arriving, that will we be able to hangout in Islamabad or this trip of mine will be restricted just to Pindi? I tell her that there is nothing as such the only place which is under curfew and surveillance is G-6 and the linked areas. The life in other parts is going along normally.
Now as the time passes by the situation is getting worse, no one knows where the next bomb blast take place and who could be the target.
Islamabad, once a city of peace and prosperity is now under a great threat. And it is all happening under the nose of Mr. Musharaf, President of Pakistan.
Talking about the lives of common people of Islamabad; it is not that much affected, as they are living their routine life as before but just with a little fear and eye on the current situation.
Talking to a shopkeeper in blue area I asked if the business is affected by the current scenario of Lal Masjid and he said those who buy are still coming and business is not that much affected. It shows that now people are not that much concerned about their security as they know Government do such dramas once in a while or that they can not stop living their lives, just because such threats are so common in Pakistan within the time spam of 3,4 years.
A part from that we should try to take extra precautionary steps because prevention is better than cure. Try not to indulge in such activities which keep you away from home till late night. Do not visit crowded places so often, especially concerts and etc.
“The government has decided to deploy Rangers in the federal capital permanently due to the deteriorating security situation, Online reported. The government has also decided to keep Punjab police personnel in Islamabad for an indefinite period. Senior Islamabad police officer Shahid Nadeem Baloch told AFP that the police had set up extra pickets at all entry and exit points of the capital. Scanners and video cameras were also being installed at markets and other public places, Baloch said. He said no arrest had been made so far in the ongoing investigation. He added that there was a likelihood of more suicide attacks to come”. Daily Times.july 29, 2007