KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Traffic jams were reported in various cities of the country as a religious party held protest demonstrations on Monday after the arrest of TLP Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.
Karachi’s II Chundrigar Road, MA Jinnah Road and their adjacent areas, including the road linking Tower to the Governor House, was left jam packed with vehicles due to the protest.
Orangi Town number 4, Baldia number 4, Hub River Road, Liaquatabad and Korangi were several of the other zones where long queues of vehicles could be witnessed on lanes.
Police disbanded protesters from Star Gate to let the flow of traffic to return to normal.
In Lahore, the traffic flow was disrupted in several areas and main roads such as Ferozepur Road, Mall Road, Quaid-e-Azam Interchange, Daroghawala, Mughal Pura, Railway Station, Choburji, Lower Mall, Chohang and Multan road due to protests. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse protesters in the Yateem Khana Chowk area.
Meanwhile, traffic jams were also reported on the city’s Shahdara Road and on Ferozepur Road near the Shanghai Bridge and Qalma Chowk.
Islamabad and Rawalpindi
In Islamabad, Athal Chowk was blocked for traffic, causing troubles for citizens. Protests also broke out in Bhara Kahu and roads heading to Murree and Azad Kashmir from the federal capital were also clogged for traffic.
The entrance points of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were also shut for traffic, leading to more obstacles for citizens of both countries.
At the Laiquat Bagh Chowk in Rawalpindi, protesters bombarded stones at buildings, causing fear and scare in the area.
Reports of protests from Jhelum, Naushahro Feroze and Multan and other major cities of Punjab and other provinces were also received.