Protests against PM arrest order continue in Karachi

Published: January 16, 2013
A file photo of burnt tyres during a protest in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of burnt tyres during a protest in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Traffic flow on Sharae Faisal, Karachi was disrupted after angry protesters gathered near the Finance and Trade Centre (FTC) building on Wednesday, Express News reported.

Two vehicles were reportedly set on fire. However, Jamshed Division SP Usman Bajwa denied, saying only tyres were torched.

The protesters dispersed when Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Qadir Patel visited the area.

Similar protests were also reported in other areas including Rizvia, Gulbahar, Old Golimar, Gulistane Jauhar, Sacchal, Pehlwan Goth and Safoora Goth.

Today’s protests are in continuation of yesterday’s agitation when people came out on roads condemning the apex court’s orders for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

The city’s arteries were clogged with an assortment of buses, cars, motorcycles, ambulances and police mobiles when protests broke out in different parts of Karachi.

The most affected areas were MA Jinnah Road near Jama Cloth Market, Drigh Road, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Sharae Faisal, Pehlwan Goth, Sacchal Goth, Mauripur, Landhi, Malir and Quaidabad.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Tariq
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:56PM

    No cars were torched, only tyres. They were letting ambulances and some cars through as well. Quite peaceful by Karachi standards.


  • Pakistani
    Jan 16, 2013 - 8:40PM

    I don’t believe that it’s karachites who are acting like hooligans, it must be the government who is trying to disturb the day to day life in the city. This time I hope karachites remember the government and its allies (i will include opposition as well) while casting their votes.


  • Usman786
    Jan 16, 2013 - 9:21PM

    In future, ask concerned party to pay for damages to local govt for repair/replacement and service charges like they demanded from Dr Qadri


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