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Aasia Noreen verdict: From Karachi to Islamabad, what routes to avoid amid protests

A guide to what’s blocked and what’s not

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 1, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 1, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

A guide to what’s blocked and what’s not

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As protests continue in the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Aasia Noreen verdict, many roads are blocked. SAMAA Digital will be giving you updates on what roads are blocked and which routes to take.

Rail traffic across the country has been suspended. Airport operations across the country as continuing as normal. All motorways in the country are closed for traffic as of 3:49pm. Emergency has been imposed at public hospitals in Karachi.

Islamabad and Rawalpindi– Updated at 5:15pm

Rawalpindi’s Rawat Chowk has been opened for traffic, but protesters have blocked the leading to GT Road from Rawan. Mandrah and Dina are still blocked.

Kacheri Chowk, Marir Hassan, Liaquatabad Bagh Chowk, GPO Chowk, and Golrah are still closed.

In Islamabad, the Expressway is still blocked at Faizabad. Murree Road is still blocked at Liaquat Bagh.

However, traffic on the Kashmir Highway and IJP Road is normal. The Red Zone has been sealed but Karal Chowk is open.

The Islamabad exit and motorway is clear.

The Dera Ismail Khan-Islamabad Road has been closed for traffic.

Traffic at the Pindi Bhattian and Sheikhupura interchanges has been completely blocked.

Athaal Chowk (Bhara Kahu) is open and two-way traffic is open on the road from Murree to Islamabad.

Access points to the Islamabad International Airport are open, however, there are patches of blocked traffic along the way.

From Rawalpindi to Tarnol, the Peshawar Road is closed on both sides and Chungi Number 26 is closed from all sides. From Tarnol to the Kashmir Highway loop, traffic has been blocked and Melaad Chowk on IJP Road is closed from both sides.

Karachi — Updated at 4:30pm

In Karachi, both sides of Frere Hall (PACC and Marriott Hotel roads) are blocked. Roads in Sohrab Goth, Nagan Chowrangi, Sharae Faisal at Star Gate, Numaish Chowrangi, Burnes Road, Tower, Native Jetty Bridge, Teen Talwar, Do Talwar and the Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway are all blocked for traffic. The main road in Korangi 5 has been blocked. Liaquatabad No 10 and Nazimabad No 1 are also blocked.

The Lyari Expressway has been cleared and is open for traffic now.

For those commuting from Clifton to Saddar, Clifton Bridge is accessible via Bath Island. The other route is, Punjab Chowrangi Underpass, Delhi Colony, the bridge leading to the Karachi Club, PIDC and onward. Ch Khaliquzzaman Road is open for traffic, as is II Chundrigar Road. Hassan Square to Corridor 3 is also open for traffic.

For people coming from North Nazimabad to Saddar, Five Star To KDA Chowrangi, Lasbella to Garden Road and IBA City Campus to MA Jinnah Road, all roads are clear and traffic is normal. Traffic on Sharae Faisal after Star Gate is normal.

Protests are continuing at Hub River Road, Baldia No 4 Tower, Jinnah Bridge, Nazimabad No 2, Sohrab Goth, Sindhi Hotel New Karachi, Al Asif Square, 4K Chowrangi, Surjani, Godam Chowrangi and Bara Board Pak Colony. Vita Chowrangi and Bilal Chowrangi in Korangi Industrial Area are blocked.

The highway between Karachi and Hyderabad is blocked. The road from the Mai Kolachi Bypass till the Keamari flyover is blocked. The EBM Causeway is also closed. Korangi Industrial Area is closed at various points.

Traffic at NIPA has been closed due to a sit-in.

II Chundrigar Road is fully operational. There are protests in the Landi Kotal Bazaar. Traffic has gone back up at Native Jetty Bridge.

Areas surrounding Power House in North Karachi have been blocked. Teen Hatti Road is closed.

According to the Karachi traffic police, protests are ongoing at the following locations: 

District East – Star Gate and Numaish.

District West – Orangi No 5, Saeedabad, Baldia No 4, Hub River Road, Jinnah Bridge, Bara Board and Mauripur Road.

District South – Teen Talwar, Ranchore Lines and Ram Swami Shoe Market.

District Central – Sohrab Goth, Liaquatabad No 10, New Karachi, Nagan Chowrangi, Nazimabad and Sakhi Hassan.

District Malir — Malir No 4 Chowrangi, Zero Point and Malir Halt.

District Korangi — Bilal Chowrangi, Qayyumabad, Furniture Market, Landhi 89, both sides of the Korangi Creek bridge and Korangi 2.5.

Lahore — Updated at 3:03pm

Entry and exit points to the city have been closed. Shahdra, Thokar, Babu Sabu, Darogha Wala, Shalimar, Ring Road Interchanges, Mohlanwal, Bhobattian/Raiwind Road, Chung, Ravi Bridge and Imamia Railway Gate are closed. Canal Road is partially closed.

The highway at Taxila, Mandra, Gujjar Khan, Sohawa, Dina, Sarai Alamgir, Gujrat, Kamonki, Chanda Kila, Muridkey, Pakka Meel, Chung, Moolanwal, Loharanwala Khoo and Sunder are blocked for traffic. The Motorway Police have asked people in trouble to call their helpline 130 if they are in need of assistance.

The route to the airport via Cantt is clear.

Gujranwala

All private and government schools in the city are closed on the orders of the deputy commissioner.

Peshawar — Updated at 3:33pm

Traffic on both sides of GT Road has come to a standstill as has traffic near the Pir Zakori Bridge. The M1 Peshawar Toll Plaza and M2 Sheikhupura Interchange have been closed for traffic. Traffic from Lahore has been diverted to Kala Shah Kaku. Traffic from Lahore to Islamabad is being diverted via Hiran Minar in Sheikhupura.

Road access to the Bacha International Airport is clear except for normal patches of traffic.

Mandi Bahauddin — Updated at 12:47pm

Sarafa Bazaar and Mobile Market are closed due to protests.

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