Security situation in our neighborhoods
With the entire city at a standstill, people are hesitant in venturing out of their homes. There is an eery silence around our neighborhoods that seems unnatural and a general feeling of unrest hovers in the air. With various news channels reporting of stoning and rioting in various areas and barely any public transport throughout the city one wonders what actually is happening in various neighborhoods and what the prevailing security situation is.
My area (Gulistan e Johar) has seen road blocks, burning tires, stoning and sporadic rioting. All sorts of markets and shops are closed. The few that did open up early in the day have been closed down. A Rangers pickup has been patrolling and cruising around throughout the day which has kept the situation from escalating to full out violence and has maintained it at extremely tense. The rioters disperse when they see the Ranger’s vehicle coming only to come back to their posts the minute it passes by.
Whats shocking to see is that little kids are also out on the road with stones in their hands ready to throw it at on coming cars. They’re treating it as a game. Its hard to decipher what I felt when I was told about the kids with stones in their hands. Shock at how people can encourage their children towards violence. Sadness that these children will never learn that all this is unnecessary and wrong or just plain disbelief.
Please brief us about the security situation in your area/neighborhood.