RAWALPINDI: The sit-in at Faizabad against Quetta carnage created worst traffic jam on Benazir Bhutto Road, Saddar, Raja Bazaar, Airport Road and other main arteries.

Workers belonging to different organisations of Shia community blocked Faizabad in the afternoon, leaving the commuters stranded for more than seven hours at I.J. Principal Road, Liaquat Bagh and Islamabad Expressway.

The traffic snarl brought routine life to halt, as vehicles going to Islamabad got stuck at Benazir Road, Liaquat Road, Saddar, Iqbal Road, College Road, Kashmiri Bazaar, Circular Road, Asghar Mall Road, Commercial Market, Fifth Road and Sixth Road.

The traffic wardens were unable to manage the vehicles movement.

Mohammad Kamran, a commuter, said in normal days the traffic wardens could not control congestion on the road, let alone the extraordinary situations.

Mohammad Naseer, who was stranded on Benazir Road, said that the wardens had failed to manage traffic load despite good in numbers.

He said the residents of the areas like City Saddar Road, Ratta Amral Road, Gawalmandi and Kashmiri Bazaar suffered the most from traffic mismanagement.

Nisar Ahmed, who came to Holy Family Hospital from Shamsabad to see his ailing wife, said it took four hours to reach the hospital.—Aamir Yasin

Updated Feb 19, 2013 03:55am

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