Pakistan

Traffic disrupted as PTI protests in major cities after Imran's arrest

  • PTI workers block roads and raise slogans against the govt in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities
Published May 9, 2023
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party activists and supporters of former Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran stand amid teargas fired by police during a protest against the arrest of their leader in Karachi on May 9, 2023. Imran Khan was arrested on May 9, police said, during a court appearance for one of dozens of cases pending since he was booted from office last year. Photo: AFP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party activists and supporters of former Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran stand amid teargas fired by police during a protest against the arrest of their leader in Karachi on May 9, 2023. Imran Khan was arrested on May 9, police said, during a court appearance for one of dozens of cases pending since he was booted from office last year. Photo: AFP

After Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was arrested on Tuesday, party workers and leaders staged protests in several parts of the country, blocking main roads and disrupting the traffic flow.

Imran Khan was arrested from the IHC where he was present for biometric verification in two cases.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) later confirmed the development, stating that the PTI chief had been arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

“The arrest warrants against him were issued by the NAB chief on May 1,” it said.

Following his arrest, the PTI asked party supporters to take to the streets as it termed the party’s chief’s detainment an “illegitimate” move.

In Lahore, a heavy load of traffic was reported on major highways, due to which commuters faced difficulties.

According to City Traffic Police Lahore, Canal Road, Liberty Chowk, Shanghai Pull, GPO Chowk, Akbar Chowk, Mall Road bridge, Mughapura, Dharampur, Sundardas Road, and others are currently closed due to protests.

Meanwhile, in Karachi, PTI workers started protests at different locations and blocking the roads.

According to the Karachi Police, the Nursery Main Highway has been blocked by the protesters.

The city police advised the commuters to take alternative routes from Baloch Colony to Mehmoodabad, from Tipu Sultan Burj to the Airport via U-turn, and from Sindhi Muslim to Allahwali Chowrangi.

Similarly, PTI workers are protesting at the Koral and Khanna Stops of the Islamabad Expressway.

The Capital Police has advised commuters to take alternative routes of Lehtrar Road and Peshawar Road.

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KU May 09, 2023 07:37pm
Protests were expected, but what wasn't expected were the videos showing the public destroying armed forces monuments and soldier plaques. By using the Rangers to arrest ex-PM, the government characters have clearly been successful in tarnishing the image of our army. There is a popular saying that chose your friends carefully, but perhaps this advice is not heeded carefully.
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 08:43pm
...By using the Rangers to arrest ex-PM,... THAT IS STRATEGY ! TO DRIVE A DEEPER WEDGE BETWEEN IMK AND ARMY AND TO TILT ARMY TO THE GOVTT BUT ALL THESE ARE NORMAL TRICKS IN A ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY ! THERE IS NO DEMONIC PLAN HERE ! SAMIR SARDANA
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TimeToMovveOn May 10, 2023 01:24am
Let chaos rain in Pakistan. 75 yrs of obsession over India and Kashmir, as opposed to democracy and economy, is finally coming to bite you back. More to come....
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