It is debatable whether the increasing culture of protests in Pakistan harms democracy, but the negative effect they have on the roads and traffic is undisputed. Coupled with a bourgeoning population, and unplanned cities, various protests offshoot for different reasons can make everyday traffic and roads an extreme nuisance.

The scene today in Lahore served as an example of protests resulting in an unbearable situation of traffic. The roads were jam packed, with a very slow moving pace, on major roads such as Jail Road, Davies Road, Canal Road, Ferozepur Road (from Ichhra to Mozang) and in the surroundings of Shadman Colony. Motorists on the Mall alleged a waiting time of up to four hours, on what would normally be a one hour journey. The blockage of roads majorly disrupted work life, as lawyers were withheld from attending court due to the blocking of Mall Road, and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital also remained inaccessible to patients.

The mess on the road is due to preparations for Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) rally, to be held on the 17th of January at Chairing Cross, aimed at forcing resignations from the ruling party for their alleged involvement in the Model Town incident. The rally organisers are using Tankers and cranes, which have been placed outside the Punjab Assembly. The blockage of roads and minimal pace of traffic is due to the full-fledged security measures being provided to the protesters. There will also be strict checking, which will further slow down the flow of traffic, ensuring the next few days to also be impossible days for work.

While protest is a constitutional right, it must be questioned how much of it is in democratic character and what good one is serving the country, if the protests keeps the work days from going smoothly and disrupts everyday life.