Islamabad citizens took to social media to criticize city administration for disrupting their lives as religious party continue protest
A few hundred supporters of religious parties have brought the capital of Pakistan to a standstill, paralyzing lives of millions of Islamabad and Rawalpindi citizens.
The rally which entered in Islamabad from Lahore on Wednesday has entered its third day on Friday, shutting down public transport and blocking major arteries of the city.
Protestors belong to Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah (TYL) party which is demanding the removal of the country’s law minister over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a constitutional bill. Although the recent modification in the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause has been withdrawn but the group is keen that punish those responsible for changes in the bill.
The protest prompted the Islamabad police to set up containers on the major roads of the city to prevent demonstrators. The sudden closure led to huge traffic jams on Kashmir Highway, IJP Road, 9th Avenue, and Stadium Road in Rawalpindi.
However, these blockades led to the worst traffic jam witnessed in the twin cities especially on Faizabad crossing — one of the major roads which connect Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The daily commuters of the twin cities were stranded on roads for hours during last two days.
Islamabad citizens criticize city administration for disrupting lives
The angry citizens blame the government and law-enforcing agencies for the chaos in the capital.
Islamabad is virtually under siege with few hundred Mullahas blocking all the entry points Where is the State’s authority?
— zahid Hussain (@hidhussain) November 9, 2017
It’s utterly mind-boggling how Islamabad administration, federal administration, and all law-enforcement authorities are completely powerless to stop a bunch of goons. Kis baat ke paisay miltay hein inhein? — Abid Hussain (@abidhussayn) November 9, 2017
The government was blamed for its incompetence and indifference to the chaotic situation in the capital.
Islamabad locked 🔒 up since days. No one knows who is behind these protesters whose demands somehow were addressed last month.Who r real masters of these Pressure groups?For heaven-sake unlock the Capital by sending thz asset 2 home.Which image we r building here for Pakistan? — Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) November 10, 2017
Islamabad is paralysed due to a religious group’s protest and it’s participants are not in huge numbers. Even then capital admin has not been able to manage the subsequent traffic snarl, leading to public woes. All traffic police did was to ensure easy entry of protesters in isb — Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) November 8, 2017
The media blackout of the rally added to the problems as many people were not informed about the situation on roads. Many turned to social media for updates in chaos.
Pakistani news channels media blackout on extremist grp rally headed to Islamabad is criminal. Dont glorify thm but black-out is censorship. Media needs to expose such grps not bury head in sand and call it responsible journalism — Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) November 8, 2017
Cleric booked for ‘unintentional murder’ of infant in Islamabad
Meanwhile, the news of the death of a child after getting stuck in traffic jam added fuel to the fire. The eight-month-old child’s family was not able to reach the hospital on time because of roadblocks put in place due to the religious party rally which claimed the life of the child. The brave and grieving father registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) on Thursday against Khadim Rizvi, leader of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY).
#Islamabad: Sad to tell that Hassan Bilal has passed away as he was stuck as protestors had blocked the roads and ambulance couldn’t pass through. He was bought from Jinnah Gardens but couldn’t reach pims in time. #Tehrik_E_LabaikYaRasoolAllah #Rally pic.twitter.com/O4GCX1XkHj — Tehmoor Ali Abbasi (@TehmoorAAbbasi) November 9, 2017
As the protest has entered its third day on Friday, the citizens are perplexed and speculating about the outcome of the protests.