I.I. Chundrigar Road, Tower, Garden, Kharadar, Hassan Square blocked
Several highways and busy roads were blocked by the workers of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan as a protest against the arrest of their leader Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on Monday.
Protests erupted in major cities across Pakistan after the news of Rizvi’s arrest broke out.
In Karachi, the protesters blocked several busy roads, including II Chundrigar Road, Garden, Jail Chowrangi, Numaish, Malir, Baldia Town, Airport Road, Tower, North Nazimabad and Hassan Square.
“Ghareeb ka daal roti kharab kar dia he,” said Ahmed, 69, rickshaw driver stuck at SM government law college in Karachi.
“Kya ho gaya? Karachi ko kya chand nazar aa gaya kya?” One guy said as he picked his way past motorcycles.
Karachi Traffic Police on Twitter said it is in part due to the protest by the paramedical staff at Sarwar Shaheed Road.
Sarwer shaheed road is closed for traffic due to protest of peramedical staff at Arts Council Roundabout.— Karachi Traffic Police (@KtrafficpoliceE) April 12, 2021
Traffic diverted to Din Muhammad Wafai road.
Traffic staff is present and managing traffic
Please drive carefully.
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In Punjab, Lahore to Islamabad M-2 motorway and N-5 Highway were blocked due to the protest.
According to Lahore police, at least 32 points in the city were blocked due to protest by the workers of the TLP.
On Tuesday, the roads from Star Gate to Malir, Hassan Square, Shahrah-e-Faisal, and University Road were reopened for traffic. The Orangi 5 road has been cleared as well.
Religious protest has been finished from Star Gate towards Malir, Road is opened for traffic.— Karachi Traffic Police (@KtrafficpoliceE) April 13, 2021
Please drive carefully.
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According to the Karachi Traffic Police, the following areas are still closed:
Residents have been suggested to take alternate routes and call 1915 in case of an emergency.
Motorways across Pakistan have been reopened as well.
Dear Commuters,— National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) (@NHMPofficial) April 13, 2021
Kindly note that all the Motorways (M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4, M-5,M-9, IMDCW & E-35) are currently open for all kind of traffic.
National Highway & Motorway Police
Motorway is clear for all traffic. Lahore – Islamabad – Peshawer. From Islamabad Airport to Islamabad City is also clear. For going to Rawalpindi Golra Morr is clear— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) April 13, 2021
According to the deputy commissioner, the following roads in Lahore have been reopened:
The story was originally published on Monday, April 12. It will be updated as details come in.