Execution of Salman Taseer’s murderer has sparked nationwide protests by the relatives and followers of the Mumtaz Qadri.
Section 144 has been imposed in the provincial capital to counter attempted rallies causing trouble in the city. Ravi Bridge is shut for traffic while heavy contingent of police has been deployed at the site.
Protesters are staging demonstrations at Lahore’s Shahdara Chowk while in Karachi, Shahrah-e-Faisal is blocked. Ghareebabad area of Sindh’s capital also witnessed protests and road leading to Liaquatabad from Hassan Square was closed for all kinds of traffic.
Route of the Lahore’s metro has been restricted to M.A.O College due to the ongoing fracases in different areas.
Metro bus service is suspended in Rawalpindi as protesters have blocked the route and shut the key terminal. Flocks of people have also shut expressway and Faizabad bridge that connect the city with the federal capital. Protesters reportedly pelted dozens of vehicles with stones and broke window panes.
Workers of Sunni Tehreek (ST) demonstrated protest in Sindh’s Hyderabad against Qadri’s execution. Schools and shops were forcefully shut across the city.
In the morning, hundreds of people who hail Qadri as ‘Ghazi’ gathered at his family’s house in Rawalpindi for last sightings. Reportedly, family of the murderer was asked on Sunday to visit him in jail as he was ‘unwell’. However, the news about imminent execution was broke to them later on.
Jamaat-e-Islami said it will hold protest demonstration at 4pm outside Baitul Mukarram mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area.
“We have enhanced security in Rawalpindi to maintain law and order and to deal with any untoward situation,” senior police officer Sajid Gondal said.
Islamabad police spokesman Zia-ul-Qamar said security has been tightened all over the capital.
“Islamabad police are on high alert to deal with any situation in the wake of the hanging,” he said. Reports said Islamabad Express Highway remains blocked at Faizabad interchange, alongside 9th Avenue.
“Riot police have already been deployed in all sensitive areas and the Red Zone,” Qamar added