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Karachi roads blocked as Machh protests enter third day

30 points in the city blocked

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Posted: Jan 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 9 months ago

Multiple roads across Karachi remained blocked while traffic jams ensued on major roads of the city after protesters continued their sit-in against the Machh massacre for the third day on Friday.

The demonstration has been organised by the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan against the murder of 10 coal Hazara coal miners in Machh on January 3.

In Quetta, the families of the victims and other Hazara people have blocked the Western Bypass. They have been protesting with the bodies for six days and have vowed not to leave unless Prime Minister Imran Khan meets them in person, ensures the safety of Hazaras and promises to arrest the perpetrators.

Protests continued in multiple other parts of the country as well such as Islamabad, Lahore, Hyderabad and Faisalabad.

Protestors in Lahore outside the Governor House. Photo: Online

Hazaras outside the Press Club in Islamabad. Photo: Online

The protesters are expected to stage their demonstrations at 30 locations in Karachi. These are:

  • Abbas Town
  • Kamran Chowrangi, Gulistan e Johar
  • Power House Chowrangi, North Karachi
  • Numaish Chowrangi
  • Malir 15, National Highway
  • Colony Gate, Shahrae Faisal
  • Natha Khan, Shahrae Faisal
  • Safari Park to AGPR Office
  • Federal Urdu University to NIPA
  • Maskan Chowrangi
  • Nazimabad # 1
  • Johar Mor
  • Ancholi
  • Steel Town Chowk, NH-5
  • Korangi 2-1/2
  • 5 Star, North Nazimabad
  • Ayesha Manzil IRC I/Bargah
  • Shah Faisal Colony bridge
  • Nazimabad # 7
  • Safoora Chowrangi
  • Rizvia Chowrangi
  • KDA Flats, Sarjani Town
  • Ibrahim Haideri
  • Korangi 2/5
  • Nagan Chowrangi N/Khi
  • Merewether Tower
  • Ziauddin Chowrangi North Nazimabad
  • Peoples Chowrangi North Nazimabad
  • Korangi Crossing
  • Stargate Sharae Faisal

Both tracks to and from II Chundrigar Road have been blocked with barricades. Main Sharae Faisal from Drigh Road to Stargate has been blocked by protestors as well.

People have been advised to take the Shah Faisal route through service lanes and then head towards the Korangi Industrial Area.

On Friday morning, six motorcycles were burnt after a fight broke out between protesters and commuters on Sharae Faisal’s Drigh Road.

According to reports, the conflict started after the protesters blocked the road and weren't letting people pass by. A number of people attacked the protesters, punching and kicking them and forcing them to flee.

The commuters then burned the motorcycles the protesters had left behind. The police have reached the site and have begun investigations.



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