Rawalpindi - The tourists and commuters faced a massive traffic jam for more than three hours due to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s arrival in Murree yesterday.

Long queues of vehicles were witnessed on old Murree Road, Murree Expressway, Mall Road, Kuldana, Jheeka Galli, Sunny Bank, GPO Chowk and on the route taken by the PM’s convoy to reach its destination.

Traffic police failed to control the gigantic traffic mess and the commuters and the tourists remained stuck in the worst traffic jam.

According to details, the law-enforcement agencies and traffic police put up barricades and other stuff to stop vehicles before arrival of the convoy of PM Sharif in Murree. As a result, a traffic jam hit the hilly resort posing hardships for commuters and tourists.

A gridlock occurred in Murree on arrival of the PM, a motorist told The Nation. He said that he arrived here with his family on weekend but stuck in the traffic jam. “My family is tense and I am finding no way to turn my car,” he said.

However, acting Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Iftikhar ul Haq, who was on duty in Murree, told The Nation that traffic jam occurred because of arrival of tourists in huge number and not owing to the PM’s convoy. “As you know today is weekend, a number of families and tourists have been thronging Murree for enjoyment,” he said adding that police are trying to ease the traffic rush to facilitate the commuters.