Another day of blockades, traffic jams in twin cities

Another day of blockades, traffic jams in twin cities

ISLAMABAD: Citizens in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Thursday endured another day of road blockades and traffic jams due to the protest sit-in against the killings in Mastung.
In Islamabad, workers of Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) continued with their sit-in at Faizabad Interchange to express solidarity with the victims of Mastung tragedy. 
Commuters faced great difficulties to reach their destination points in the city and traffic jam was witnessed on various roads in Islamabad, causing problems for the commuters, especially students.
On the other hand, transporters kept majority of their vehicles off the roads. Commuters were seen moving on foot between I-8 signal to Islamabad Expressway to reach their homes at adjacent residential areas of Swan, Dhok Kala Khan, Iqbal Town, Kuri Road and Shakrial.
Qadri, an airline employee residing in I-8 sector, told that he was to join his duty at 8pm but had already got late by half-an-hour. 
“Many of my colleagues are also stuck in the traffic. Some air passengers are heading towards the airport on foot, pulling their suitcases,” the airline employee said. 
He added that hundreds of passengers had missed their flights in last two days. Students going to institutions in Islamabad also remained stuck for over several hours. “I left the house at 8am but after several hours, I am waiting for the reopening of the road near Faizabad,” Ikram Khan, a college student said, adding it looked as they have to spend several hours on the road.
Officials of Islamabad police including SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan, SP Industrial Area Muhammad Hasan remained present there. 
Police spokesman in telephonic conversation with APP from site (Faizabad) said they had negotiations with the protesters but they refused to end sit-in. He said it was also tried to pursue them to open the roads but it was not fully agreed.
Officials of district administration were also present there who tried to convince the protesters to open the road, but to no avail. 
Till the filing of this report at about 8.25pm, the sit-in outside the airport was continuing and traffic was not allowed to pass by. 

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