On Friday, demonstrators clashed with the public in Karachi as protests against the gruesome killings of 11 coal miners belonging to the Hazara group in the Mach district of Balochistan continued for a fourth day in many parts of the capital.
In a tweet, Shahrah-i-Faisal police said that near Natha Khan Bridge, a clash between the public and protesters was registered.
“Six motorcycles were burnt by the public. Police controlled the situation and extinguished the fire,” the declaration said, adding that no injuries were registered.
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Karachi police said in a separate statement that demonstrations against the Hazara killings were being carried out at about 29 locations in the area.
- Powerhouse Chowrangi
- Kamran Chowrangi
- Safari Park
- Shahrah-i-Faisal near Falak Naz Apartment
- Malir 15
- Abbas Town
- Nipa Chowrangi
- Shah Faisal Bridge
- Khuda ki Basti
- Maskan Chowrangi
- Nazimabad Chowrangi No 1
- Johar Mor
- Steel Town Chowrangi
- Board Office Nazimabad
- Safora Chowrangi
- KDA Flat Surgeon
- Ayesha Manzil
- Jelani Centre
- Colony near Metro Bridge
- Nagan Chowrangi
- People’s Chowrangi
- Ziauddin to Landi Kotal
- Star Gate
- Korangi Crossing
- Military Gate Shahrah-i-Faisal
- Singer Chowrangi.
Earlier today, drivers were advised by the traffic police to use alternative roads. “Please drive carefully. Staff is present and managing traffic,” said the statement.
Armed assailants cut the throats of 11 miners in a residential compound near a mine site in the Mach coalfield region of Balochistan on Sunday, filmed the whole incident and later uploaded it online. The jihadist Islamic State group announced the horrific attack.
Since then, in the western bypass area in Quetta, thousands of Hazaras have staged a protest along with coffins containing miners’ corpses, while community members have also held protests in other cities around the country.
Braving the bitter cold, the mourners in Quetta have refused to leave, including women and children, until the first visits and the killers are brought to justice. Prime Minister Imran Khan, however, appealed earlier today to the Hazara group to bury those killed in the attack, calling on them to refrain from “blackmailing the premier”
“We have accepted all of their demands. [But] one of their demands is that the dead will be buried when the premier visits. I have sent them a message that when all of your demands have been accepted […] you don’t blackmail the prime minister of any country like this,” he said at a ceremony in Islamabad.
Traffic delays were registered on Thursday.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said that traffic congestion on the routes to Jinnah International Airport created problems for travellers and employees attempting to enter the airport.
Multiple PIA flights were either cancelled or delayed by a few hours from Karachi to Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Faisalabad, the airline said, advising passengers to keep in touch with its call centre for updates.