Sit-in on MA Jinnah Road turns Karachi into a barricaded city

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Irfan Aligi

Karachi—The sit-in on Numaish in Karachi has pushed the Karachiites into a worst agony. The vehicular movement has been impeded and even ambulances could not transport the critically injured citizens on time to city’s three tertiary care hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Civil Hospital Karachi and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital owing to closure of main MA Jinnah Road and arteries connecting different routes of the city toward the M A Jinnah Road.]
The purpose of the sit-in is not yet clear despite continued sit-in since past three days. It is, however, believed that the sit-in is for showing solidarity with the protestors in Islamabad, who have also staged a sit-in at the D Chowk in close vicinity of Islamabad’s Red Zone area.
Though, the administration in Islamabad on orders of the federal government decided to use force against the protestors in Islamabad to disperse them, the civil administration, law enforcement agencies in Karachi are still in wait of orders from the provincial government for action so that the life in Karachi could be brought back to normalcy.
The passenger coaches and private vehicles including police vans and ambulances are being diverted toward a longer and time consuming route owing to which traffic gridlocks have prevailed in the city’s centre.
On the other hand, the administration of the city has closed venues entering to city’s Red Zone where Governor and Chief Minister Houses are situated. This has added more agony to the already affected Karachiites.
Till now, the provincial government has not initiated any dialogue with the sit-in participants. The Karachiites are being compelled to reach their destinations, offices, market places and hospitals by travelling on routes that are situated at longer distances.

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