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Protests erupt in Karachi amid PM arrest orders by SC

Published Jan 15, 2013 04:15pm

Political activists block Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi on Tuesday, protesting against the Supreme Court’s orders to arrest PM Ashraf. – Photo by Online

KARACHI: Political activists staged protests in different cities of Sindh including Karachi and resorted to heavy aerial firing on Tuesday after the Supreme Court ordered to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other accused in the rental power projects case.

Protest demonstrations and aerial firing incidents were reported from Landhi, Qaidabad, Malir, Dalmia, Gulistan-i-Johar, Sahrab Goth, Abul Hassan Isfahani Road, Orangi Town, Pakistan Chowk, Maripur Road and Keamari areas of the metropolitan, which lead to heavy traffic jams, creating a lot of problems for motorists and commuters.

Shops and markets in the affected areas also reportedly shut and public transport suspended.

Meanwhile, the same was reported from Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu and Shedadpur where a large number of protesters came out on roads to show their resentment against the order.

The SC bench had ordered the arrest of 16 persons, including the premier, and directed the authorities to present Prime Minister Ashraf in court tomorrow– PPI/DawnNews