Protests erupted in major cities as part of JUI-F’s Plan–B
Random protests erupted in major cities of the country as Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) protestors ended their sit-in in the federal capital and following their party chief’s orders took the Azadi March to every nook and cranny of the country as part of Plan–B.
The protestors on Thursday blocked major arteries and highways including Hakimabad Grand Trunk (GT) road in Nowshera and Hub road in the outskirts of Karachi.
Despite PPP distancing itself from Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s ‘Plan B’ and saying that they will not allow activists to blocks roads, JUI-F protestors barricaded the highway linking Karachi with the Hub River Road.
The protest that began around 2pm forced locals to abandon their vehicles and walk home. Vehicles travelling between Sindh and Balochistan were diverted to Manghopir Road.
JUI-F central leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, addressing the participants of the sit-in at Islamabad’s Motorway Chowk, asked the government to confront his party directly instead of “using institutions”.
Haideri said the JUI-F has no other option but to lock down the entire country.
“The Plan-B will send [Prime Minister] Imran Khan home,” he claimed.
He said the government was unable to close down Attock bridge before the Azadi March but the JUI-F will block it tomorrow.
“Our fight is for the supremacy of the parliament and the Constitution,” he stressed.
A meeting presided by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was held to assess the situation.
According to adviser to CM and KP spokesperson Ajmal Khan Wazir, JUI-F can use their democratic right but, protestors should not do anything which affects the everyday life of citizens.
“We did not install containers to stop anyone from going to Islamabad,” the provincial spokesperson claimed. “People of K-P have not supported JUI-F’s Azadi March.”
While addressing the press conference Wazir said that the ‘Azadi March’ participants were facilitated in every way in Islamabad.
“The Constitution allows you to hold protests but, it does not allow you to bock roads,” he said. “It is the responsibility of the state to safeguard people’s life and property. CM has ordered not to take any strict measures against the protestors.”
He also asserted that K-P government is monitoring the situation and have plan ‘A, B and C’ as well.
JUI-F leadership along with protestors has blocked the GT Road near Hakimabad for traffic.
Similar protests were witnessed in Balochistan where sit-ins were staged in Khuzdar and Qila Abdullah.