One dead and dozens injured after enraged protesters stage sit-ins across Pakistan against Islamabad operation

11:06 AM | 26 Nov, 2017
One dead and dozens injured after enraged protesters stage sit-ins across Pakistan against Islamabad operation
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LAHORE - Tahreek-e-Labaik and Sunni Tahreek's supporters stage sit-ins and blocked roads in various cities after security forces started operation to disperse the Islamabad sit-in.

Protests are being held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Due to protests, Traffic jams were seen in many cities, resulting in the commuters and ambulances being stuck for hours.

Protesters also faced off with security forces in Multan, Sialkot, Bahawalpur, Jehlum, Rahim Yar Khan, Hafizabad and other cities. In these face-offs, one person was reported dead and seven were reported injured when protesters attacked a police station in Hafizabad.

In another face-off, in Gujranwala, two policemen were injured.

In Lahore, events took an ugly turn, when protestors blocked major roads such Mall road, railway tracks and set a vehicle on fire at Shahdara Chowk, on Saturday. The major roads remain blocked today.

A policeman walks with armoured personnel carriers (APC) as they try to remove hurdles put up by the supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, an Islamist political party, along the main road leading to the airport in Karachi, Pakistan November 25, 2017. Reuters

 

Manshera, Swat, Mardan in KP as well as Mirpur Azad were also affected by sit-ins.

In Karachi, there were several encounters between security forces and enraged protestors. At least 30 people were reported injured in different areas of Karachi. The road going towards the airport has been blocked by the protestors.

The protests across the country continue today.