Road blocks lead by the The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) have been reported nationwide on Thursday, November 14, as part of the Azadi opposition march, paralyzing road traffic between provinces.
In Sindh, planned road blocks have been announced on Hub River road in Karachi, and on the Sukkur-Multan motorway in Sukkur. Further protests and sit-ins have been scheduled to take place in the districts of Larkana, Jacobabad, and in the cities of Sukkur Pano Aqil, Shikapur and Ghotki.
In Balochistan, road blocks have been reported at the Chaman's Syed Hameed Cross on the Quetta-Chaman road, on the highway connecting Karachi to Quetta in Khuzdar, on the highway connecting Balochistan to Punjab at the Dera Ghazi Khan boundary, and on the highway from Balochistan to Iran in Taftan.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, road blocks are expected to take place from 14:00 (local time) on the Bannu Indus highway in Bannu, in Shahra-e-Resham (Karakoram highway) in the Hazara division, on GT road in Hakimabad and Nowshera, and on Chakdara Road in Malakand division.
In Islamabad, the two-week sit-in at the H-9 ground has been called off in the evening on Wednesday, November 13. Further sit-ins are expected to take place on Thursday in Rawalpindi, blocking two entry points to the capital.
A heightened security presence and significant transportation disruptions are expected in the vicinity of all protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Around 35,000 people marched into Islamabad on November 1, to demand Prime Minister Khan's resignation. The JUI-F is accusing Khan of economic mismanagement and alleged election rigging. The country's two main opposition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People's Party, have supported the JUI-F's protest against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party during the first stage of the Azadi march.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media, budget additional time for travel, anticipate transportation and business disruptions near protest sites and a heightened security presence.
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