Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Lahore police, and the top traffic controller were all ordered by the Lahore High Court on Friday not to obstruct roads during the Gaddafi Stadium matches.
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People’s fundamental right to free movement, according to Justice Shahid Karim, could not be violated. The judge was considering a petition regarding a road blockade caused by the ongoing national T20 championship cricket matches at the stadium.
Earlier, a PCB official told the court that it was the board’s responsibility to safeguard the players’ safety. The police officers also attended in person and promised that the court’s orders would be followed and that traffic movement in the city would not be affected.
People’s rights were superior in nature, according to Justice Karim, and could not be forfeited at the expense of domestic cricket championships or any other recreational activity.
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Sheraz Zaka, the petitioner’s lawyer, stated that the traffic jam resulted in an increase in smog in the city. According to him, the traffic jams caused by the matches limited citizens’ freedom of movement.
A report on car emissions generated by road blockades was also provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal officer. According to the survey, around 1.5 million vehicles on the road become stuck, wasting 1.125 million litres of gasoline per hour and emitting six million pounds of CO2 along with other pollutants in Lahore.
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