TLP chokes country by protesting against Asia Bibi acquittal

Following the Supreme Court of Pakistan decision acquitting and ordering the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) took the streets in several parts of the country on Wednesday.

TLP staged protests in the major cities including, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and main highways were blocked.

The Punjab Home Department has imposed Section 144 barring the gathering of people in public places. Section 144 has been imposed across the province from October 31 to November 10. 

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chairman Khadim Hussain Rizvi called for countrywide protests and lead a protest staged at Charing Cross, Mall Road, Lahore. The Lahore-Islamabad Motorway was blocked at Sheikhupura. The GT Road has also been blocked.

In Islamabad main roads and areas of Faizabad, Aabpara, and Kashmir Highway adjacent to Aabpara have been blocked by protesters.

According to Karachi traffic police, the following roads in the city were blocked and asked the citizens to adopt an alternative route to reach their destination, both sides of Lyari Expressway from Karachi to Hyderabad closed for traffic.

Tower road, MT Khan Road, MA Jinnah Road towards Baba-e-Urdu Chowk, and II Chundrigar Road towards University Centre. Numaish Chowk also closed for traffic.

In Peshwar, protests were being staged at the Ring Road, Jamil Chowk, and outside the Peshawar Press Club.

Protests were also being staged in Gujranwala, Layyah, Chishtian, Mansehra, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Multan,  and other cities across the country. 

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