Rawalpindi backlash: Islamabad's Red Zone sealed off

Measure taken after reports of planned protest in Red Zone after funerals of those killed in Rawalpindi clash.

Web Desk November 17, 2013
Containers being placed around Islamabad's Red Zone to prevent protesters advancing. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The capital's sensitive Red Zone was sealed off on Sunday, Express News reported.

The security measure was taken in light of the violent clash in neighbouring Rawalpindi which left nine people dead on Muharram 10.

According to Express News, authorities took this added measure after reports of arrangements being made for a protest led by clerics and seminary students from Lal Masjid, after the funerals of those killed in the Rawalpindi clash.

At least three funerals were held under high security at Liaquat Bagh this evening. Maulana Samiul Haq led funeral prayers, while other clerics in attendance made calls for maintaining peace. Thousands of people attended the funerals.

Empty containers were placed to block key entry points of the Red Zone, which houses Aiwan-e-Sadr, Prime Minister’s House, PM Secretariat and Parliament House, along with the diplomatic enclave.


Rijab Awan | 9 years ago | Reply

Sealing of red zone is not the solution.It seems to be like saves only the rich or upper class beside this education is also effected by all this drama.

Abdulla | 9 years ago | Reply

Dear readers,

Im urgently trying to contact someone in islamabad for these few days but the phone number is switched off. Is there currently no cellular/mobile service active in Islamabad?

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