December 4, 2021

Protests continue: Rangers, police get cleared roads in many cities

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KARACHI: Protests by religious party in Lahore, Karachi and other cities continue, however the law enforcement agencies are getting the roads across the country cleared which were blocked by the supporters of a religious party.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad said, all roads of capital have been cleared.

Interior minster Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed said the government had decided to take a strict action against the law-breakers

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers have been deployed in several areas of the federal capital Islamabad following clashes between protesters and police yesterday.

Police and Rangers have also been deployed in Bhara Kahu where clashes between protesters and police continued till 3 pm last night.

Traffic has been restored on Bhara Kahu Murree Road in the presence of police and Rangers.

Murree Road from Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, has been opened for traffic.

 LAHORE

Rangers have been called out in Punjab. In Lahore and Faisalabad, the death toll from stone pelting and violence by protesters of a religious party has risen to three, with two constables and a passerby among the dead.

Protesters tore the uniforms of several law enforcers and 97 people sustained injuries in the violence.

The Lahore CCPO said the injured personnel included DSPs and SHOs. A police mobile was also set on fire, he said.

Cases of protest and vandalism have been registered in Faisalabad and Gujranwala and 92 suspects have been arrested.

Protests are going on in Lahore for the third day today. Eleven places in the city have not been cleared of protesters yet.

Bhatta Chowk, Scheme Mor, Orphanage Chowk, Manga Mandi Multan Road areas of Lahore are closed and the citizens of these areas are facing severe difficulties in transportation.

No train was able to reach Sialkot for the last two days.

The Allama Iqbal train from Karachi to Sialkot returned to Lahore from Narowal due to disrupted train schedules.

Lathani Express also returned to Lahore from Narowal due to gate closure.

KARACHI

Traffic has been restored in Korangi No 2, Baldia No 4, Hub River Road, Sharae Faisal and Stargate.

Earlier, protesters pelted stones at vehicles near Stargate and set ablaze several vehicles.

According to the Sindh police, SSP Irfan Bahadur was injured.

In Korangi, five officials, including SHO Saudabad, were injured due to stone pelting by protesters.

Secretary PPP Sindh Waqar Mehdi said that a PPP worker was shot dead while returning home from work.

Over 60 Tehreek-e-Labaik activists arrested from different parts of the Karachi were produced in the court on Wednesday.

The court handed over the accused to the police on physical remand.

The accused have been arrested from New Town, Orangi Town, Bilal Colony, New Karachi, Peerabad, Khardar and PIB police stations.

HYDERABAD

The workers of a religious party blocked the roads at Haider Chowk where they are holding a sit-in for the last three days.