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Azadi March Plan B: JUI-F Protestors Block Highways Across the Country

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl JUI-F, on Friday started implementing Plan B all across the country after dismantling the main sit-in at the H-9 venue in Islamabad on 13 Nov.

Thousands of JUI-F protesters continue to block highways across Pakistan on Friday which resulted in affecting the flow of traffic in several parts of the country.

Implementing the ‘Plan B’ of its anti-government Azadi March, JUI-F supporters have blocked major highways in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman opts for ‘Plan B’ for Azadi March

As being reported, JUI-F supporters have staged sit-ins on the Grand Trunk Road near Nowshera, Karakoram Highway in the Hazara region, Chakdara road in Malakand division and Indus Highway near Bannu.

Supporters of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) block a highway during an anti-government protest in Karachi on November 14, 2019. – A Pakistani Islamist leader who led thousands of supporters into the capital two weeks ago and demanded Imran Khan’s resignation called off his demonstration on November 13, but insisted he would move to “Plan B” and continue trying to topple the government. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN / AFP)

The traffic on the Indus Highway had been diverted from Gandi Chowk towards Bannu via Naurang for DI Khan, Tank and Punjab, while the Motorway and Pir Sabaq Branch Road had been kept operational for traffic due to the blockade of GT Road at Hakeemabad point in Nowshera.

The JUI-F workers staged a sit-in at Pul Chowki on Chakdara-Batkhela Road in Timergara.

Reportedly, Hundreds of protesters from Lower and Upper Dir, Swat, Buner, and Malakand led by the party’s divisional chief, Mufti Fazal Ghafoor, gathered at the Pul Chowki Chakdara.

The police diverted traffic for Dir, Chitral, and Bajaur to Badwan Chakdara Road.

As being reported, the Swat Motorway in Chakdara remained open to heavy traffic to Swat and Dir via Alladadand Road.

The officials ensure make alternate arrangements were to safeguard a smooth flow of traffic in the province.

However, the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway was not blocked by the protestors.

According to senior JUI-F leader in Sindh Qari Mohammad Usman, party workers have staged protests at Hub River Road in Karachi and cutting off the business capital’s link with Balochistan.

Former minister and JUI-F leader Asif Iqbal Daudzai says that the highway blockades would continue until party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman issued new orders.


Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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