After the Supreme Court’s orders of Asia Bibi’s immediate release, protests were erupted in across the country and continued in the second day. Religious parties gathered in the major cities of Pakistan to protest against Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal.
Roads were blocked in major cities, in Karachi; traffic has been blocked at nine places owing to the ongoing protests. Star Gate at Shahrah-e-Faisal, Numaish, Liaquatabad No 10, Sohrab Goth, Korangi No 5, Bara Board, Baldia No 4 and New Karachi has been blocked for traffic.
Meanwhile, in Lahore, Charring Cross at Mall Road, Data Darbar and Shahdara Chowk have been blocked. The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Faizabad Interchange is also blocked. According to a motorways spokesperson, Pindi Bhattian-Lahore, Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad and Faisalabad-Gojra motorway are blocked for traffic.
Although, most of the routes that were closed a day earlier in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad have now been opened for traffic, some are still blocked. On Wednesday, 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.
All educational institutes across Punjab will remain closed today in light of the traffic and law and order situation in the country, a spokesperson for the provincial government confirmed.
Religious parties were gathered and started protest against Supreme Court verdict of Asia Bib’s acquittal. Special bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, including Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel on Wednesday announced its verdict on the 2014, final appeal filed against Asia Bibi’s execution on blasphemy charges.
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18 August, 2019