Resident of the federal capital, on Friday heaved a sigh of relief as the site and the road joining G-9 sector with H-9 (Peshawar Mor) were vacated and the weekly bazaar resumed their usual business. On Friday they made a beeline to the bazaar for purchasing fresh vegetable, fruit, meat and other items.
The site and the road were earlier occupied by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) workers during 15-day anti-government sit-in JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had announced sit-in (near Peshawar Mor) on Oct 31 and called it off on Nov 13 (Wednesday).
Thus Friday happened to be the first day when the weekly bazaar held in H-9 sector after a gap of almost 15 days.
These weekly bazaars (one in Aabpara Market and several others in big and small markets) open every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday in the H-9 sector and for their low-priced items they are first preference of the middle and low-income groups and families.
For last fifteen days and even before that the bazaar was closed due to influx of Fazliur Rehman’s workers and prior to that an incident in which fire breakout.
According to a resident of G-8 Christian colony, Amir Masih, closure of weekly bazaar had badly impacted his monthly income schedule and he was forced to borrow money from friends and family elders. “Vegetables, meat, fruit and other items are available in the open market on many times higher rates than in the weekly bazaar and a man with ordinary income cannot afford them,” said Amir Masih.