Transport strike perplexes Pakistan's twin cities (4)

10:27, March 23, 2010      

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Some believed that it was sparked from a larger resentment that is being boiling up. Some blamed political motives while some said that the protests were blown out of proportion to distract attention from the upcoming issues such as the forthcoming constitutional package.

Bara Kahu in the suburbs of Islamabad is a town inhibited mostly by below poverty or lower middle class people. It lacks basic necessities such as gas, potable water and proper electric supply.

"Anger is visible in streets, markets and homes against the massive inflation," said a resident of Bara Kahu. "A lot of people will protest countrywide, soon," he speculated.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a private television that some politicians were trying to exploit the youth for their vested interests. People were brought from outside the twin cities to aggravate the situation, he said.

"The masses welfare tops the government agenda," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told a meeting in his hometown Multan while determining that the government is committed to providing maximum relief to the masses at grassroots level.

"People talk about light at the end of the tunnel. But the question is where is the tunnel?" said Irshad Ali, a retired civil servant.

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