KARACHI: Aasia Bibi Case, Roads have been blocked in major cities across the country as religious parties continue to protest for the third day and the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) has called for a shutter-down strike, amid futile efforts by the government to defuse the situation.
After a Supreme Court verdict acquitted Aasia Bibi, the countrywide protest began against the verdict.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Thursday said the government is in consultation with the opposition for bringing the country-wide protests to an end. Afridi said they will get the routes blocked by protesters reopened “through wisdom”, for which all institutions were in coordination with each other.
In Karachi, roads have been blocked in at least 25 places.
Teen Talwar, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Star Gate at Shahra-e-Faisal, Numaish, Sohrab Goth, Korangi 5, Ranchor Line, Power House Chowrangi, Nagan Chowrangi, Qayyumabad, Murtaza and Bilal Chowrangis, New Karachi, Surjani Town, Landhi 89 and Teen Hatti have been blocked.
The road to Jinnah International Airport from Star Gate has been blocked and commuters are advised to use the University Road,
Roads have been blocked at Charring Cross at Mall Road, Data Darbar, Shahdara Chowk, Askari X, Karma Chowk, and Bhatta Chowk.
Roads leading to Muridke, Nathe Khalsa, Paka Meel and Mohlanwal have also been blocked.
The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Faizabad Interchange is blocked. Roads are blocked at Dhoke Kala Khan and Tramri and Karal Chowks.
Further, National Highways and Motorway Police spokesperson said all motorways have been closed for traffic.
In Peshawar, the Ring Road and GT Road have been blocked. Roads leading to the motorway have also been blocked.
, following the protests, Section 144 was imposed across Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan barring the gathering of more than four persons in public places as well as pillion riding. Section 144 has been imposed till November 10.