As protests continue for the third day today (November 2) after the Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, roads in many areas are blocked for traffic. NewsBox will be giving you updates on what roads to take and which ones to avoid.
Mobile phone services have been suspended in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gujranwala from 8am to 8pm. Schools in Karachi, Balochistan, Punjab and Islamabad will remain closed today.
Karachi – Updated at 10am
Both tracks of the Liaquatabad-Nazimabad underpass are closed for traffic due to protests.
Traffic is blocked at Teen Talwar, Star Gate at Sharae Faisal, Numaish, Liaquatabad No 10, Sohrab Goth, Korangi No 5, Bara Board, Baldia No 4, Ranchor Line, Shoe Market, New Karachi, Hub River Road, Baldia, Maripur Road, Orangi Town No 5, Power House Chowrangi, Nagan Chowrangi, Teen Hatti and MT Khan Road.
The road from Civic Centre to Sharae Faisal via Karsaz is open.
The road from Ziauddin hospital to Karimabad is clear.
The route is clear from University Road to Empress Market and Burnes Road and on to II Chundrigar Road is clear, as is the route from Teen Talwar to PIDC/Shaheen Complex and II Chundrigar Road.
Protest at Qayumabad, Expressway, Nasir jump, Korangi No 3, 4, 5, and Landhi No 4. All roads have been closed for traffic.
Lahore – Updated at 11:16am
Traffic has been blocked at Charing Cross on Mall Road, Data Darbar and Shahdara Chowk, Askari X and Bhatta Chowk. Roads from Askari X and Bhatta Chowk to Allama Iqbal International Airport have been blocked.
Multan Road is blocked.
Thokar to Mall Road via Canal Road is clear.
Islamabad – Updated at 10:34am
Traffic jams reported in various parts of Islamabad due to protests. Rawal Dam Chowk, Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad Highway, 9th Avenue and Koral Chowk are all blocked while KRL Road, Shakar Pariyan Road and Mureee Road are packed with traffic.
Blockades have also been placed on the routes leading to Taxila, Gujjar Khan and Pir Sohawa. The Pindi Bhattian-Lahore Motorway, Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway and Faisalabad-Gojra Motorway are blocked for traffic.
Peshawar – Updated at 8:40am
Protests are being staged on Ring Road and GT Road. Roads leading to the motorway have also been blocked.
Bhakkar — Updated at 10:11am
Bhakkar has a shutter-down strike today and all colleges are closed along with universities.
Kandhakot — Updated at 10:51am
The JUI-F is organising protests in Kandhkot, Sindh.
Balochistan — Updated at 11:33am
The MMA is actively holding protests in Naseerabad as is the Sunni Tehreek. Shutter-down protests have been reported in Kalat, Mastung, Hazdar, Gwadar, Chaghi and Hub.
Pillion riding has been banned in the province under Section 144 of the PPC.
The JUI is holding a protest in Khuzdar. Protests are also being held in Noshki.