Shia Hazara Community continued to protest against Machh Massacre for the sixth straight day despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request to move ahead with final rites of slain miners and visit assurance.
According to the details, Shia Hazaras continue their sit-in in Quetta and Karachi to demand justice for the slain coal miners gunned down in Machh on January 3.
Hazara committee members say Prime Minister Imran Khan will be given respect if he visits Quetta
Protests are being held at least 25 different points in Karachi.
The protests led to the blocking of several main arteries and either the delay or cancellation of several flights from the city.
More than 15 flights of local as well as international carriers were canceled, whereas 25 departed after delays.
On Shahrah-e-Faisal, from Metroville to Drigh Road, a severe traffic jam was reported.
Traffic was also adversely affected on Lyari Expressway, S M Taufeeq Road, and the Water Pump area on Shahrah-e-Pakistan.
In Saddar, the track from Corridor III, Gurumandar, to Teen Hatti remained choked.
Traffic Congestion was also reported from Shahrah-e-Korangi and National Highway.
The road leading from Nagan Bridge to Shafiq Mor was closed for traffic, traffic police said, adding that traffic was diverted from Sakhi Hassan to Qalandiya Chowk.
Leaders of religious and political parties and the civil society participated in the central sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi.
In Karachi protests are being held at:
People’s Chowrangi in District Central, Natha Khan, Colony Gate, Kamran Chowrangi, Johar Morr, Safoora Chowrangi, Abul Hassan Isfahani Road, University Road, Samama Bridge, Malir 15, Power House, Surjani Khuda Ki Basti, Ancholi, Five Star, Tower, Ayesha Manzil, Nazimabad No. 7, Nazimabad No. 1, Steel Town Chowk, Korangi No. 2 1/2, and Surjani KDA flats.
DC Kachhi, DPO removed from office
On the other hand, the Balochistan CM Jam Kamal Khan on Thursday ordered the removal of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kachhi as well as the District Police Officer (DPO) for their negligence which led to the Machh massacre.
Jam Kamal Khan has also directed forces to ensure fool-proof security across the province so that such untoward incidents could be prevented in future.