Aasia Bibi verdict: What roads to take as protests continue across Pakistan

November 2, 2018

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As protests continue for the third day today (November 2) after the Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, roads in many areas are blocked for traffic. SAMAA Digital will be giving you updates on what roads to take and which ones to avoid.

Mobile phone services have been suspended in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gujranwala from 8am to 8pm. Schools in Karachi, Balochistan, Punjab and Islamabad will remain closed today.

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Karachi – Updated at 6:02pm

An estimated 40 locations have been blocked. Markets are shut.


Both tracks of the Liaquatabad-Nazimabad underpass are closed for traffic due to protests.

Traffic is blocked at Teen Talwar, Star Gate, ICI Bridge, Numaish, Liaquatabad No 10, Sohrab Goth, Korangi No 5, Bara Board, Baldia No 4, Ranchor Line, Shoe Market, New Karachi, Hub River Road, Baldia, Orangi Town No 5, Power House Chowrangi, Nagan Chowrangi, Teen Hatti and MT Khan Road.

The protesters have blocked the Jamaa cloth market on MA Jinnah Road.

The road from Civic Centre to Sharae Faisal via Karsaz is open. The protest has ended on Maripur Road and it is open now.

The route to airport terminal 1 is open, and Rabia City and Pehlwan Goth are clear. The road towards Jauhar Chowrangi is closed.

In SITE, Gagar Phatak and Babar Kanta are open for traffic.

The road from Ziauddin hospital to Karimabad is clear. The route is clear from University Road to Empress Market and Burnes Road and on to II Chundrigar Road is clear. Protest at Qayumabad, Expressway, Nasir jump, Korangi No 3, 4, 5, and Landhi No 4. All roads have been closed for traffic.

The Lyari Expressway entrance from Sohrab Goth is closed. However, entry to Sohrab Goth is open, as is the Essa Nagri Interchange. Orangi Town Sector 11 1/2 is blocked due to protests.

Both the tracks of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 15, near the continental bakery, have been blocked now.

Both the tracks of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 15, near the continental bakery, have been blocked now.

A route to Clifton/DHA from North Karachi is Powerhouse to Sakhi Hasan, KDA, Golimar, Garden, KMC Zoo, Police Headquarters, Zaibunnisa Street, Metropole Hotel, Cantt Station and then on to Submarine Chowk.

People who are going to Hyderabad or coming from the city can go via University Road (Malir Link Road) or Sharae Faisal-Karsaz to University Road to Safoora Chowrangi, Malir Cantt Road to Malir Link and on to the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway.

A protest is under way across the road from Habitt on main Sharae Faisal. Protesters are gathering on Sharae Faisal near Sindhi Muslim. Due to a protest at Sakhi Hassan, the road is closed for traffic. The FTC flyover is getting blocked now.

Protesters are on the Korangi-DHA road near NMC hospital and traffic heading towards Kala Pull is blocked. Protesters have blocked the roads around the KPT Interchange.

Protests have started at Meera Naka and Sultanabad and both roads are closed for traffic.

Protests have broken out at Malir Mandir, Murghi Khana, and the Total petrol pump in front of the Super Highway.

Due to protest in Manghopir, Mirza Adam Road and Bus Terminals road is closed for traffic.

The protest at Boat Basin is over and the road is now open for traffic as are the Lasbela and Wireless Gate roads.

The protest at Teen Talwar in Clifton is on-going. However, Bath Island, Do Talwar and Cantt Stattion are open. Mai Kolachi is closed for traffic.

Due to a protest on the Super Highway near Jamali Bridge, both sides of the road are closed for traffic.

Lahore – Updated at 2:57pm

Traffic has been blocked at Charing Cross on Mall Road, Data Darbar and Shahdara Chowk, Askari X and Bhatta Chowk. Roads from Askari X and Bhatta Chowk to Allama Iqbal International Airport have been blocked.

Multan Road is blocked.

Thokar to Mall Road via Canal Road is clear.

Mall Road is open from Cantt to Governor House on both sides. Jail Road is open till Qartaba Chowk.

According to the Lahore deputy commissioner, Data Darbar, Shahdara Chowl, Faisal Chowk, Chung Adda, Qartaba Chowk, Darogha Wala, Pakka Mail, Faizpur Interchange, Qartaba Chowk to Ganga Ram, Shah Kam Chowk, Kahna Kacha Flyover, Shanghai Bridge in Kot Lakhpat, Bhatta Chowek and Thokar Niaz Baig Chowk are all blocked.

The road towards Rawalpindi is closed on the highway at 1492 Gujar Khan City and traffic is being diverted on the link road, however, the road towards Lahore is open for traffic.

Islamabad – Updated at 18:47pm

Traffic jams reported in various parts of Islamabad due to protests. Rawal Dam Chowk, Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad Highway, 9th Avenue and Koral Chowk are all blocked while KRL Road, Shakar Pariyan Road and Murree Road are packed with traffic.

Islamabad deputy commissioner said that the Red Zone, Blue Area, Express Chowk, D Chowk and Margalla Road are clear now.

Blockades have also been placed on the routes leading to Taxila, Gujjar Khan and Pir Sohawa. The Pindi Bhattian-Lahore Motorway, Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway and Faisalabad-Gojra Motorway are blocked for traffic.

The M-1 Motorway from Peshawar to Islamabad, M-2 from Islambad to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Faisalabad to Gojra is closed for all types of traffic. However, the M-1 from Islamabad to Peshawar is open for traffic.

The Kashmir Highway is blocked from Chand Tara Chowk to Dhokri. An alternate route to and from Murree is Dhokri to Suhurwardi Road, Embassy Road and then Jinnah Avenue.

From Aabpara Chowk to Melody is closed. Drivers can use 7th Avenue instead.

A JUI-F-led march of roughly 2,000 demonstrators marching from the Islamabad Press Club to Supreme Court.

The Expressway from Koral to Khanna is closed. Athaal Chowk (Bhara Kahu) is closed for two-way traffic. Jinnah Avenue is closed from Kulsoom Plaza to Expressway.

After two hours of active negotiation and use of passive force, GT Road is cleared, according to the Islamabad deputy commissioner.

Peshawar – Updated at 18:16pm

Protests are being staged on Ring Road and GT Road. Roads leading to the motorway have also been blocked. The Motorway has been opened till the Rakshi Interchange.

Swabi North and Peshawar South on M1 are being blocked by the protesters. M-1,  from Peshawar to Islamabad, has been opened for all types of traffic.

Punjab — Updated at 4:05pm

In Sargodha, at Jamaa Masjid Block 1 a rally has emerged. It is led by the JI, JUI-F and merchants association.

Bhakkar has a shutter-down strike today and all colleges are closed along with universities.

On the highway from Multan to Rahim Yar Khan, the road is closed at Tarinda Muhammad Pannah ( location 753).

The highway from Lahore to Chichawatni is closed at location 1194 Adda Jumber on both sides.

Sindh– Updated at 3:40pm

The JUI-F is organising protests in Kandakot, Sindh.

In Khairpur, the MMA was out on the streets and emerged from Jamaa Masjid. The Rangers were present.

Balochistan — Updated at 11:33am

The MMA is actively holding protests in Naseerabad as is the Sunni Tehreek. Shutter-down protests have been reported in Kalat, Mastung, Hazdar, Gwadar, Chaghi and Hub.

Pillion riding has been banned in the province under Section 144 of the PPC.

The JUI is holding a protest in Khuzdar. Protests are also being held in Noshki.

KP — Updated at 3:39pm

Farooq Azam Chowk in Charsadda has been closed for six hours. Markets are closed in the city. In Dir, protests continued at Bazaar Chowk. It was organised by the JUI-F. Maulana Nisar ul Haq, Maulana Mohibullah and Maulana Mufti Akbarzada spoke.

In Kalat a protest rally started at Markaz Islami and headed to the bazaar.