Rawalpindi - The students, office goers and common people faced a gigantic traffic jam on Wednesday due to closure of Faizabad Interchange by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) protestors to press the government to sack Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid for making an attempt to amend Khatam-e-Nabuwwat declaration.

Long queues of vehicles could be witnessed on the Peshawar Road, Pirwadhai Morr, IJ Principal Road, Saddar, Misrial Road, Kashmir Road, Katcheri, Double Road, Murree Road, Sixth Road, Seventh Road, Chandni Chowk, Sadiqabad, Kuri Road, Khanna, Muslim Town, Rawal Road, Chah Sultan, Rawal Road, Airport Road, Rashid Minhas Road and other parts of city. Though the traffic police following instructions of Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Chaudhry Yusaf Ali Shahid placed diversions to control traffic mess yet wardens seemed helpless to ease flow of vehicles.

“Where should we go? We are under great stress for last 16 days because of closure of Faizabad Interchange by a few hundred activists of TLYR. Life has become hell for us,” said Nazir Ahmed, an engineer while talking to The Nation. He said that he had to take a long route to reach Islamabad that too after facing massive traffic clog. He asked the government to accept demands of TLYR protestors or remove them forcibly to bring normalcy in the twin cities.

Safia Mehmood, a university student, said the government should plan well for the easy mobility of commuters rather creating hurdles for them by placing containers on roads. She said that she reached university late every day and missed classes because of traffic block.

An ambulance driver said that he tried to take Peshawar Road via IJ Road to bring a patient in the CMH but got stuck in a huge traffic jam. Several other points were also blocked with traffic rush, he said.

Many other commuters lashed on the TLYR protestors and asked the government to drive them away from main entrance of federal capital.

Meanwhile, the charged leadership of TLYR, including Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, and other activists kept blocking Faizabad Interchange for 16th consecutive day causing immense troubles for commuters and residents of twin cities. He along with other speakers also delivered speeches and urged government to kick out Federal Law Minister Syed Zahid Hamid for committing a crime that hurt sentiments of people of Pakistan. He said the protestors would not move even an inch until the government not make report of Raja Zafar ul Haq Committee public . He said TLYR forwarded a draft to government in which it was made clear that the TLYR had not called Zahid Hamid as non-Muslim. However, he said the minister should resign until final report of committee. Allama Khadim Hussain denounced police action against protestors. He alleged police blocked a road leading to mosque in I-8 sector by placing a container and resorted to baton charge against the TLYR protestors who were going to perform ablution and offer prayer. “As many as seven activists of TLYR sustained injuries while police nabbed 35 others and shifted them to unknown location,” he said. He said the government should avoid choosing the violent way to solve the issue or else the workers would march towards Parliament House.