KARACHI- PTI, PAT and allied parties blocked key roads of the provincial metropolis and halted traffic movement against Islamabad crackdown on Sunday.

Reacting on the federal government action against the protesters in Red Zone area of Islamabad, the metropolis erupted in massive protest demonstrations at various places. The workers and supporters of PTI blocked Hub River Road, Naval Colony, Teen Talwar, Clifton Boat Basin, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Five Star Interchange North Nazimabad.  In Baldia Town, the personnel of the law enforcement agencies also charged the protesters of PTI with batons during protest demonstration at Baldia No. 5 in Madina Colony police limits, however, the situation later calmed down.

Similarly, the activists of PAT and allied parties including MWM, SIC, PML-Q barricaded MA Jinnah Road for traffic. The protesters raised slogans against the PML-N government and condemned the intense use of tear-gas and rubber bullets on the peaceful protesters in Islamabad.

It is pertinent to mention here that security had been put on high alert across the metropolis and police claimed that they were providing security to everyone who was holding peaceful protest but wouldl not allow anyone who would take law into hands and he will be dealt with strictly.

Meanwhile, partial strike was witnessed in Karachi on Sunday as PTI called for a shutter-down strike in the country’s financial hub while MQM, MWM, PML-Q, SIC, PST and others observed day of mourning following the Islamabad crackdown.

The business activities in city were already zero on Sunday but despite that petrol pumps and CNG stations in various parts of the city remained closed following the uncertain situation while public transport was also seemed thin on the city’s thoroughfares.

All Karachi Tajir Ittehad chairman Atiq Mir said, “We will never support any strike and we will definitely ask our traders and shopkeepers to keep open their businesses today (Monday) if any party extends the strike call.”

Public transport was also seen thin on the city’s roads. “The strike on Sunday affected partially our business,” said Syed Mehmood Afridi, secretary general Karachi Transport Ittehad.