PTI protests choke Rawalpindi city, close motorway
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers Monday continued their protest demonstrations in different areas of Rawalpindi city against the assassination attempt on their party Chairman Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Following the instructions issued by the PTI leaders Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Wasiq Qayyum and MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the demonstrators have blocked the roads leading to Islamabad from Lahore and Peshawar Motorway. They blocked the motorway leading to Lahore and Peshawar by setting ablaze tyres and bushes. In order to deal with the situation, troops of Islamabad Capital Police and Pakistan Rangers have been dispatched.
Earlier, the workers under the leadership of Fiaz Ul Hassan Chohan reached Murree Road and tried to enter the federal capital through Faizabad but the police and other officials restricted them to IJP Road and Murree Road.
Over this, the protesters also completely blocked the traffic coming from Lahore to Rawalpindi by burning tyres. Due to protests, diversions were placed at Koral Stop for traffic going to the old Air Port Road from Islamabad Expressway. The traffic has alternatively been diverted to Islamabad Expressway.
The protesters simultaneously blocked the traffic going to Faizabad from Murree Road and from the IJP Road to Islamabad due to which the citizens faced severe problems. Tehreek-e-Insaaf activists too blocked the road leading to Islamabad Airport by burning tires.
The long queues of traffic have been seen on Murree Road and its adjacent roads in Rawalpindi.
The eye eyewitness said that ambulances also get stuck in traffic and the patients have to face the agonizing situation. They claimed that the Rawalpindi administration is playing the role of a silent spectator over the deteriorating situation. The Bus stand of Rawalpindi, Pir Peer Wadhai has also been blocked from the sides. Likewise, Shamsabad and Airport Road are blocked for traffic
Almost all the traffic in Rawalpindi has been jammed due to the protest and the situation is creating immense problems for commuters.
The officials requested the federal government to issue instructions to the provincial governments under Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitution to keep the motorway and airport routes open.
They also vowed to register cases against the miscreant elements in the police stations. The public is also requested to report any suspicious activities and miscreants on call 15.