KARACHI City transporters, fearing their vehicles would be impounded by law enforcement agencies for blocking intersections of MA Jinnah Road during the congregations and main processions of Muharram-ul-Haram, have decided to keep the vehicles off the road, The Nation has learnt here on Tuesday. President of Karachi Transport Ittehad, Irshad Hussain Bukhari informed that law enforcement agencies would take over the buses and minibuses forcibly after 7th of Muharam and place them at sensitive places to block areas from where the Muharrram processions would pass. He said if any driver or conductor offers resistance, they are immediately detained. He said police have started to impound vehicles however he declined to give exact figures of how many vehicles have been taken over. He said, last year the law enforcement agencies detained over 150 vehicles for security reason and used them for blocking roads. He said to avoid such an occurrence and as safety measure it had been decided to withdraw vehicles. Irshad Hussain Bukhari expressed serious concern about the safety of the public transport vehicles adding that last years, unidentified miscreants torched their 50 vehicles which were used as road blocks during the main processions of Aashura of last year. He further said that Sindh Government did not give compensation to the affected bus owners and once again it had started holding vehicles forcibly. According to information available Karachi police every year on the crucial days of Muhram-ul-Harram get hold of the public vehicles, cargo containers, goods transport vehicles, in order to place them for the security purpose at different intersections of the main MA Jinnah Road from where the processions of the Muharram-ul-Haram would pass. Although the Government have announced 9th and 10th Muharam as holidays, Tuesday and Wednesday 7th and 8th Muharram are working days. During these two days the general commuter and office goers and school and college students would face hardship. Withdrawal of a good number of public transport would create problems for the daily commuters who would have no option but to ride on the roof tops at the risk of their life to reach their destination. It is pertinent to mention here that, law enforcement agencies have also started placing cargo containers at the different intersections of MA Jinnah Road from late Sunday night and some of the traffic arteries leading to MA Jinnah Road had been blocked. Only a few roads are left open and it is causing hurdle to smooth flow of traffic and creating inconvenient to general public. It is worth mentioning that the main processions of Muharram, would be brought out from Nishtar Park situated at old Numaish area and passing through MA Jinnah Road would terminate at Husainia Iranian Kharadar.