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Sharae Faisal faces partial closure amid JI rally

In Karachi, the Sharae Faisal’s track leading from the airport to the city centre has been closed partially as the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is leading a rally from Karsaz to the Sindh Assembly.

The track
leading from Saddar to the airport remains open for traffic.

The rally was scheduled to begin at 3pm from Karsaz.

The traffic police closed the track between Karsaz and the Metropole and authorities deployed a heavy contingent of police. Traffic going to Saddar was diverted from Karsaz bridge to take an alternative route.

Under the diversion plan, police opened the track up to Baloch Colony when the rally passed by that point.

At around 5pm, the rally began to move from the Awami Markaz towards the Nursery area, SAMAA TV’s Saad Sabri reported.

At the Nursey, Karachi JI Chief Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman addressed the rally, which then headed to Metropole, Sabri said.

The rally arrived at the Metropole by the evening prayers. The protesters were planning to stage a token sit-in there.

The police blocked the road leading to the Chief Minister House, SAMAA TV’s Khursheed Alam reported adding that the JI protesters assured the authorities that they had no plans to march towards the CM house.

The sit-in blocked traffic going to Abdullah Haroon Road.

Addressing that rally, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman condemned the new LG law and warned that the police would not be able to stop the protesters if they decided to march on the CM House.

However, the protest ended peacefully and marchers moved from Metropole to the JI sit-in outside the Sindh Assembly.

The sit-in outside the Assembly entered its 17th day on Sunday.

The Jamaat-e-Islami is protesting against the Sindh Local Government Act
2021, passed by the Sindh Assembly twice first in November and then in
December.

The controversial law has taken several departments from the city mayor and given them to the Sindh chief minister. JI and other opposition parties believe that the legislation is undemocratic and against the spirit of the local bodies system.

The joint opposition in the Sindh province on Saturday held a rally near the Karachi Press Club to protest against the law.

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