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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Only Margalla road open for traffic to enter red zone

Regarding the traffic situation on roads, an Islamabad police spokesman said that diversions have been placed on both sides of Ayub Chowk, NADRA Chowk, Serena Chowk, and Express Chowk and only Margallah Road is open for traffic to enter or exit Red Zone.

Islamabad police on Monday said that only Margalla Road is open for traffic to enter or exit Red Zone and disruption in smooth flow may occur there due to traffic load.

Regarding the traffic situation on roads, an Islamabad police spokesman said that diversions have been placed on both sides of Ayub Chowk, NADRA Chowk, Serena Chowk, and Express Chowk and only Margallah Road is open for traffic to enter or exit Red Zone.

He said that all other roads are open for traffic in Islamabad while alternate roads may be used to access offices located in Diplomatic Enclave and Red Zone.

It has been appealed to keep a vigilant eye on the surroundings amid threats of terrorism and inform `Pucar-15’ in case of observing any suspicious activity.

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On Saturday, PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had called on supporters from all allied political parties to gather at Constitution Avenue in Islamabad on Monday to demonstrate national solidarity against what he perceived as preferential treatment of a “criminal” by the three-member bench of the apex court and the Islamabad High Court.

Highlighting the relief provided to Imran Khan through bail, Fazl asserted that the courts were inadvertently bolstering a criminal’s efforts to undermine and divide the nation.

On Sunday, he said that the ruling alliance will continue to protest outside SC till the resignation of CJP Bandial.

Fazl’s announcement came after the IHC’s ruling that eliminated any possibility of Imran Khan’s arrest until Monday, May 15, a day after the apex court deemed his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case “illegal”.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supported Fazl’s call and announced to join the protest.

The government discouraged Fazl from holding the sit-in at SC premises due to “security concerns” and shift it to D-Chowk but its efforts proved futile.

All routes going toward the Red Zone have been closed for traffic.

A long queue of vehicles seen at the Margalla Road, they enter the Shahrah-e-Dastoor via the route.

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PDM caravan has set out to join the protest in Islamabad from the Swat Motorway in Malakand. The protestors are being led by PML-N’s provincial Joint Secretary Muhammad Najeem Khan.

Protestors blocked the main intersection inside the district headquarter in Astor while protesting at the Eidgah Ali Murtaza.