The Home Department of the Sindh Government and traffic police officials assured the Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road, and Sindh High Court (SHC) that University Road will not be blocked at the National Stadium during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.
During the Pakistan-South Africa Test Series and the forthcoming PSL matches, Aziz Fatima, the media coordinator of the Pasban Democratic Party, filed a petition against roads' closure leading to the National Stadium.
The petitioner claimed that in the case of dharna, the Supreme Court had observed that under no circumstances should roads be blocked, so the provincial government violated the orders of the highest court of the nation.
She also requested the court to allow free access to the public and patients of health facilities in the stadium's vicinity, asking the SHC to order the immediate removal of all vessels and other obstructions from the service lanes and the main roads around the National Stadium.
However, during the Pakistan-South Africa series, the provincial law officer argued that the petition was filed against the closure of roads around the National Stadium, which was over and thus, the petition had become fruitless.
But Irfan Aziz, the petitioner's lawyer, said that while the series was over, the PSL tournament would begin on February 20. The police and home department had again started blocking the roads, causing great public inconvenience.
The road from Karachi Central Jail to Nipa and Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road to Dalmia was blocked, the prosecutor told the court.
Meanwhile, the home department's focal individual and the traffic SP gave a strong statement that neither these roads were blocked during the PSL tournament nor would they be blocked.
However, the home department official ensured that during the arrival and departure of the PSL teams for a short period, the law enforcement agencies and the traffic police made specific security arrangements.
The petition was disposed of by an SHC division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, following the home department's assurance and the traffic police on record.