Sit-ins cripple Karachi

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Protests in solidarity with the victims of the Machh massacre continued at as many as 20 spots in Karachi on Thursday morning, causing traffic jams in the port city. According to the Karachi traffic police, the 20 locations where the sit-ins are being held include NumaishChowrangi, Powerhouse Chowrangi, Star Gate, Malir-15, Steel Town Chowrangi, Safora, Safari Park, Abbas Town, JoharMorr, Nipa, Maskan Chowrangii, Nazimabad Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi, North Nazimabad, Aisha Manzil, Surjani, and North Nazimabad No.7. The protests have badly affected city life, hitting the traffic movement. While people are being advised to use alternative routes, traffic jams were witnessed in the morning rush hour with citizens scrambling to reach their workplace.The sit-ins are likely to continue until the main protest being staged by members of the Hazara community on Quetta’s Western Bypass near Hazara Town ends. The Hazara community has been protesting since Sunday when the brutal incident took place. The protesters have been demanding the arrest of the assailants and visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan.