Across country demonstrations, roadblocks in solidarity with Faizabad protesters

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The unrest in Islamabad following the crackdown against religious protesters camped out at Faizabad has spilled over to other parts of the country as protesters loyal to the religious parties demonstrated against the operation in various cities. In Abbottabad, main Karakorum High Way remain blocked for more then two hours at Fawara Chowk by the activists of religious group led by Pir of Tori Shareef and after thee tiring efforts of SP Elite Force Ejaz protestors dispersed and traffic was restored.
Protest rally which was taken out from Mandian after passing from main road, protestors hold protest meeting in front of police station Cantt (Jinnah Chowk) and later on locked the main road resulting closer of all sort of traffic from Abbottabad to lower parts of the country. They also smashed the billboards and removed the panaflex of Mian Nawaz Shareef and other PML (N) leaders as PML (N) public meeting was held few days back. They also burnt the tyers and damaged some of the other billboards installed in fawara Chowk and had also removed the pictures of Imran Khan and PTI leaders as he is going to address tomorrow at Mansehra. In Sheikhupura, PML-N lawmaker Javed Latif was attacked and injured by angry protesters when he tried to talk to them.
In Peshawar protesters in Peshawar blocked the provincial capital’s main Ring Road, which is also used for Afghan transit trade. The protest caused a massive traffic jam in the area while protesters appeared determined to continue until their demands are met. They have begun setting up camps and are collecting donations to arrange food for the night. Protests also erupted in other cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Haripur, Mansehra and Dera Ismail Khan.
In Hyderabad protesters blocked the busy Haider Chowk area in Hyderabad. Furthermore, a large number of members of religious parties staged demonstrations in Sukkur, Umerkot, Mithi, Sujawal and other cities of Sindh to register their protest against the ongoing operation in Islamabad. They vowed to continue their peaceful protests. Various religious organisations also staged a protest demonstration outside the Badin Press Club, demanding a halt in use of violence against protesters in the capital. The National Highway near Khairpur also remained blocked for over three hours. Quetta After violent clashes in the federal capital, workers of religious organizations turned out at roads of Quetta to vent their anger. The angry protesters blocked main Hockey Chowk causing the worst traffic jam in the city. The protesters led by Maulana Abdul Qudoos Sasoli, chanted slogans against the federal government and security personnel.
In Hafizabad, complete strike was observed in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian, Sukheke Mandi, Jalalpur Bhattian and other towns of the district to protest against, what was alleged, the police crackdown on the sit-in activists in Islamabad. Several rallies were taken out in the city, which blocked most of the city roads. The interchange at Pindi Bhattian, Kot Sarwar and Bhaka Bhattian remained closed and hundreds of vehicles remained standard outside the interchanges due to closure of motorway. The police patrolled the city roads and there was no untoward incident reported from any place of the city till the filing of the report. In Badin, a large number of the workers, disciples and devotees from different local religious organizations of district Badin including Jamaet Qaderia Mehmodia, Anjuman-e-Saloo Alleh-e-Habib, Injuman Aashiqan-e-Mustafa, Injuman Bazm-e-Ghousia, Suni Tehreek, devotees of Dargah Miyan Wali, Ghousia Noor Wardia, Jamaet Khaleeli Afadiya and others have staged stern protest demonstration outside of Badin Press Club on Saturday against violent and aggressive operation started by forces in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) provincial lawmakers Sahibzada Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialwi has tendered resignation in the wake of crackdown against protestors staging sit-in at Faizabad interchange. MPA from Sargodha, Sialwi also urged all his followers to relinquish PMLN’s membership and urged his followers to relinquish from all government’s offices. Meanwhile, another PMLN’s National Assembly lawmaker Sheikh Waqas Akram has asked government to release arrested workers with immediate effect.He has also threatened to relinquish the NA’s seat whereas asked State minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman to resign. Meanwhile, Army Chief Qamar Bajwa has telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and has suggested him to solve the issue peacefully. On the other hand, at least one policeman has been killed and over 100 protestors have been injured across country as protests continue unabated.—NNI

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