Justice Shahid Karim of Lahore High Court ordered traffic police to keep open roads the traffic flowing and do not block roads due to national T20 cup cricket matches at Gaddafi Stadium from October 6 to 13.
During the hearing a petition against the closure of traffic in the name of security during cricket matches, the judge directed the secretary of the home department to appear in person on October 11.
The judge remarked that it took him two to three hours from the last three days to get home, the ambulances and ordinary families are also stuck in traffic. The judge observed that if a patient dies in an ambulance, then who is responsible for this?
Judge remarked that the fundamental rights of people cannot be infringed and people cannot be subjected to torture by blocking roads.
Judge observed that the court is not against the events of the PCB, If the teams are provided accommodation near Gaddafi Stadium, there is no need to close the city traffic.
Earlier CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board Salman Hussain, chief traffic police officer, Lahore (CTO), and SP Security appeared before the court and informed that on behalf of the Punjab home department, `We have been ordered to have zero traffic for security, which is why the traffic was blocked.’ SP Police Lahore and undertook that direction of the court will be complied and traffic flow will not be hampered.
During the hearing, the court-appointed judicial commission submitted a report and stated that 7 million people in the world die due to pollution every year. 50% of pollution is caused by vehicles. He stated that 1.15 million liters of petrol is saved if vehicles are stopped for an hour and these vehicles also emit 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Petitioner Shiraz Zaka said that citizens had been adversely affected and traffic blockages will further exacerbate pollution levels especially air pollution. He submitted that the flow of traffic is being severely affected due to cricket matches and it was causing a rapid increase in pollution.
He requested that the authorities could not be allowed to increase miseries of the people.