The recent escalation of political tensions in Pakistan has had a significant impact on the country’s transport sector, with the Metro Bus Service in Lahore being restricted as a result. The move, aimed at ensuring passenger safety and preventing untoward incidents, has resulted in severe inconvenience for local residents, who rely on the service to go about their daily routines.
Currently, the Metro is operational only between Gajumata and MAO College, with the section between MAO College and Shahdara remaining closed until further notice. This has led to difficulties for commuters who rely on the Metro, and they are now struggling to find alternative modes of transportation.
In addition, the disruption caused by the volatile law and order situation has also impacted flight operations at national airports, leading to the cancellation of over sixty domestic and international flights operated by various airlines. The cancellations have affected several major airports, including Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi.
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According to media reports, the cancellation of 14 flights to and from Islamabad Airport and 12 flights to Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport has left numerous passengers stranded at the airports for hours. Long-route bus services have also been halted due to safety concerns, causing further inconvenience to travelers.
The transport sector has sustained significant damages in the past few days due to the volatile law and order situation across Pakistan, and it remains to be seen how long it will take for normal operations to resume. The situation has caused inconvenience and frustration for the public, who are now hoping for a resolution to the ongoing political tensions.