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Karachi residents stuck in traffic for five hours 

June 24, 2019
Protesters blocked Mauripur Road  

People were stuck in traffic for more than five hours after protesters blocked Karachi's Mauripur Road Monday morning. 

The protest was staged by the residents of Memon Society near the ICI Bridge against the shortage of water in the city. People said that temperatures are rising and there is no water at their houses.

"A mosque in our area has no water. People can't even perform wuzoo," said a man. "We have been complaining for a while but no government representative has come to our help. We supported the politicians when they needed our help and now there are not there when we need them."

A woman remarked, "what sort of tabdeeli [change] is this that we are sitting on the road?"

[caption id="attachment_1787917" align="alignnone" width="640"] Residents of Memon Society block the Mauripur Road while staging a protest against the shortage of water in the city on June 24, 2019. Photo: ONLINE[/caption]

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A person even fell unconscious during the protest and was taken to a hospital.

The people stuck in the traffic said that they are being punished for no reason. "I have come from Punjab and have been stuck in traffic since early morning. How is this my fault?"

Another driver remarked that he had been struck since 6am. "It's not my fault that there is a water shortage in the city."

A man said that he is running late for work and his daughter couldn't reach her school on time.

The road was opened for traffic after the deputy commissioner met with the protesters and assured them that their demands would be met.

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    Jamshed   June 24, 2019 7:34 pm/ Reply

    What was Sindh government doing for over the years in power. They were making my net from the tanker Mafia.

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    Aqeel   June 24, 2019 10:49 pm/ Reply

    Good need More of these protest…than only maybe government will listen.

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    Hamza Siddiqui   June 25, 2019 11:53 am/ Reply

    So you dont have water to make wudu you blocks road so that other will get for their prayers late too.

    Water shortage is an issue but to protest for an issue shouldn’t be in a way that it give birth to another issue i.e. traffic jam in this case.

    And its not compulsory if u can’t make wudu u can’t make prayer, u can perform Tayammum and perform your prayer.

    But protesting this way by blocking roads is also not permissible in Islam and our Prophet salahu alaihe wasalaam stopped us in doing so as its trouble others.

    Protesting this way will encourage people to stay more away from Islam because they will think these muslim not performing wudu so they causing trouble.

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