Situation tense in Lahore as protest enters second day | Pakistan

LAHORE: Protests by a religious organisation in the city continue for the second day even after several were detained by security forces for blocking roads and setting vehicles on fire.

Demonstrators have occupied Shahdara Chowk, Mall Road and Faisal Chowk, which are the major roads of the city, since yesterday. Traffic is being guided through alternate routes, resulting in roadblocks in various parts of the city.

On Saturday, protests took an ugly turn when demonstrators blocked Mall Road and other areas and set a vehicle on fire at Shahdara Chowk. They also blocked railway tracks in the area.

Lahore police had to resort to tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters. Further contingents of Rangers were also summoned to the site of protests. Metro bus services were suspended and several protesters have been detained.

Bus, train services suspended

Commuters face severe mobility issues as public bus services as well the Speedo Bus Service in Multan and Lahore remained suspended for the second day.

Metro Bus Service in Multan and Rawalpindi is also not functional.

Train services either remained suspended or face delay for the second day after enraged protesters blocked railway tracks on Saturday.

Educational institutes to remain closed across Punjab on Monday, Tuesday

All educational institutes across Punjab will remain closed for two days in light of the Islamabad operation and the ensuing protests countrywide, the provincial minister for education announced on Sunday.

According to Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, all private and state-run educational institutes in the province will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, keeping in view the law and order situation after Islamabad operation.

News Reporter

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