Rawalpindi - The size of protestors of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) staging sit-in at Faizabad Interchange is expanding gradually on Friday as hundreds of more activists of different religious parties joined them despite the court orders to remove the protestors from the venue to normalise the life in twin cities.

As many as four rallies were taken out in different areas of the city on call of eminent religious leader Allama Pir Syed Hassin Uddin Shah. A large number of activists, while holding party flags, placards and banners, participated in the rallies carried out in areas of D-Block Satellite Town, Mareer Chowk, Misrial Road and Khanna-Kuri Road.

The activists were chanting slogans in favour of their demands and against the government. The rallies joined the TLYR protestors on the Faizabad Bridge, where the religious leaders addressed the protestors.

Mess of activists of religious parties triggered a massive traffic jam on Murree Road and its linking roads with traffic wardens making efforts to smooth the traffic flow. The district administration has deputed extra police force to maintain law and order situation whereas Faizabad Bus Terminal was sealed by placing barbwires.

Metro Bus Service remained suspended doubling maladies of travellers between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Local police and traffic wardens closed Murree Road outside Pir Mehar Ali Shah-Arid Agricultural University and diverted traffic on the Double Road. A large number of volunteers of Red Crescent were present at Murree Road. Similarly, district government announced emergency situation in three teaching hospitals besides alerting Rescue 1122 for tackling any emergency situation.

According to an official report, some 10,000 protestors of different religious parties have gathered at the Faizabad Bridge to press the government to sack Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid for making attempt to amend Khatam-e-Nabuwat declaration for electoral candidates.

A senior officer of an intelligence agency ruled out possibility of clash between protestors and the law enforcement agencies (LEAs). He also rebuffed the reports that protestors staging sit in at Faizabad are loaded with weapons.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi have deployed well-equipped police jawans at Faizabad to maintain law and order situation. SP Rawal Division Behram Khan monitored the performance of police force.

According to details, a rally was carried out from Jamia Rizvia Zia-ul-Aloom, D-Chowk Satellite Town under the leadership of Maulana Habib Ul Haq Shah and Maulana Syed Inam ul Haq Qureshi. The participants of rally started marching towards Murree Road from where they moved towards Faizabad Bridge causing a traffic blockade. Mufti Muhammad Hanif Qureshi along with 300 activists also brought out a rally from Kuri Road and joined the protestors. The charges protestors were chanting slogans, “We are present here to sacrifice our lives for protection of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat” and “Sack Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid immediately”.

In Cantt and garrison city, a large numbers of activists assembled at Mareer Chowk on call of Pir Syed Zia Ul Haq Shah and later on marched on Murree Road to join the TLYR protestors. Prof. Akbar Hashmi also took out a motor rally from Misrial Road and reached Faizabad. A rally was also taken out by Pir Muhammad Tariq Mehmood at Khanna-Kuri Road and joined the protestors at Faizabad Bridge.

Earlier, a meeting of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wahl Jamat (Berelvi Sect) district Rawalpindi held at Jamia Zia ul Aloom to show solidarity with TLYR protestors at Faizabad Interchange.

During the meeting, the prominent religious leaders including Pir Shamas Din of Golra Sharif, Jamia Mohammadia Saddar’s Syed Zia ul Haq, Dr Sajid Ur Rehman of Baggar Sharif, Syed Riaz Hussain Shah of Jamat Ahle Sunnat and many others decided to take out rallies to join TLYR protestors.