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SAMAA | , , and - Posted: Jan 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Jan 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago

A view of Karachi’s University Road which has been closed in protest against the killing of 10 Hazara coal miners in Balochistan’s Machh area last week. Photo: ONLINE

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Protests over the Machh massacre were held at six spots in Karachi Wednesday morning, resulting in traffic jams across the city. Ten labourers from the Hazara community were killed and three injured at a coal mine in Balochistan’s Machh on Sunday. According to the Levies force, the incident took place late Saturday night near Bolan. Bolan Deputy Commissioner Murad Kasi confirmed that the labourers all lived in Hazara Town.  Related: Hard men in black gold land The protests are at: NumaishNagan ChowrangiGulistan-e-Jauhar’s Kamran ChowrangiNipaMalir 15Sharae Faisal Star GateAbdul Hassan Ispahani Road According to the Karachi traffic police, the following roads remained closed for traffic at 5:30pm. Abul Hassan Ispahani RoadKamran ChowrangiPower House Chowrangi Numaish, MA Jinnah RoadMalir 15 National Highways Colony Gate, Sharae Faisal Natha Khan Bridge Safari Park to NIPAMaskan ChowrangiNazimabad Chowrangi # 1 The protests are being held at Sharae Faisal Colony Gate and Malir 15. Heavy traffic was reported from Drigh Road to Malir on both tracks in the morning. The Drigh Road underpass has been shut for traffic. Vehicles are being diverted towards Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The road from Munawar Chowrangi to Jauhar Chowrangi has been blocked. People heading to the airport should leave earlier than usual as there is a lot of traffic on the route heading there. You should also call the airline helplines to check the status of your flight before you begin your journey. To get to the airport: Take the Drigh Road Junction to the Shah Faisal Colony Bridge and on to the airport. This route is jampacked with traffic as it opens out in Azeempura and on Sharae Faisal near Star Gate. Both tracks of Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan Goth have been closed for traffic. A diversion has been created on the route from Model Colony to Quaidabad. Traffic is being diverted to Kala Board and smaller lanes. Traffic from Quaidabad towards the city is being diverted to AlFalah Bridge and smaller lanes. The main protest is being held at Numaish Chowrangi on MA Jinnah Road. The track from Capri Cinema to Gurumandir has been closed. People are advised to use Corridor 3 and the Soldier Bazaar route instead. A protest has also been reported near Safari Park on University Road. The road is closed from Safari Park to NIPA. In Gulistan-e-Jauhar, both tracks near Kamran Chowrangi are closed for traffic due to the protest. Protests are also being held at Power House Chowrangi in North Karachi and on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road near Abbas Town. Traffic police officers are at the scene and diverting traffic but there are jams being reported on the diversion routes as well. Heavy traffic has been reported on the Korangi Causeway to Baloch Colony Flyover route.
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Protests over the Machh massacre were held at six spots in Karachi Wednesday morning, resulting in traffic jams across the city.

Ten labourers from the Hazara community were killed and three injured at a coal mine in Balochistan’s Machh on Sunday. According to the Levies force, the incident took place late Saturday night near Bolan. Bolan Deputy Commissioner Murad Kasi confirmed that the labourers all lived in Hazara Town. 

Related: Hard men in black gold land

The protests are at:

  • Numaish
  • Nagan Chowrangi
  • Gulistan-e-Jauhar’s Kamran Chowrangi
  • Nipa
  • Malir 15
  • Sharae Faisal Star Gate
  • Abdul Hassan Ispahani Road

According to the Karachi traffic police, the following roads remained closed for traffic at 5:30pm.

  • Abul Hassan Ispahani Road
  • Kamran Chowrangi
  • Power House Chowrangi
  • Numaish, MA Jinnah Road
  • Malir 15 National Highways
  • Colony Gate, Sharae Faisal
  • Natha Khan Bridge
  • Safari Park to NIPA
  • Maskan Chowrangi
  • Nazimabad Chowrangi # 1

The protests are being held at Sharae Faisal Colony Gate and Malir 15. Heavy traffic was reported from Drigh Road to Malir on both tracks in the morning.

The Drigh Road underpass has been shut for traffic. Vehicles are being diverted towards Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

The road from Munawar Chowrangi to Jauhar Chowrangi has been blocked.

People heading to the airport should leave earlier than usual as there is a lot of traffic on the route heading there. You should also call the airline helplines to check the status of your flight before you begin your journey.

To get to the airport: Take the Drigh Road Junction to the Shah Faisal Colony Bridge and on to the airport. This route is jampacked with traffic as it opens out in Azeempura and on Sharae Faisal near Star Gate.

Both tracks of Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan Goth have been closed for traffic.

A diversion has been created on the route from Model Colony to Quaidabad. Traffic is being diverted to Kala Board and smaller lanes.

Traffic from Quaidabad towards the city is being diverted to AlFalah Bridge and smaller lanes.

The main protest is being held at Numaish Chowrangi on MA Jinnah Road. The track from Capri Cinema to Gurumandir has been closed. People are advised to use Corridor 3 and the Soldier Bazaar route instead.

A protest has also been reported near Safari Park on University Road. The road is closed from Safari Park to NIPA.

In Gulistan-e-Jauhar, both tracks near Kamran Chowrangi are closed for traffic due to the protest.

Protests are also being held at Power House Chowrangi in North Karachi and on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road near Abbas Town.

Traffic police officers are at the scene and diverting traffic but there are jams being reported on the diversion routes as well.

Heavy traffic has been reported on the Korangi Causeway to Baloch Colony Flyover route.

 
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