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04 Sep 2020 | 03:57 PM UTC

Pakistan: Protests and heightened security likely in Karachi during Prime Minister’s visit on September 5 /update 1

Pakistan News Alert

Protests and heightened security likely in Karachi on September 5 during Prime Minister’s visit; anticipate heightened security presence to deter protests

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Karachi

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Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Karachi on Saturday, September 5, to announce several development projects planned for the region. Karachi has recently been severely impacted by heavy rains in recent days, which has caused significant traffic and power outages in the region due to waterlogging. The government response to the damages caused has led to several protests in Karachi, with residents of the Defense Housing Authority (DHA) due to protest outside of the DHA Phase-I Office at 12:30 (local time) on September 5. The current anti-government sentiment indicates that the visit will likely be met by a heightened security presence in order to deter other associated protests. Gatherings will most likely occur near government buildings, such as the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, as well as at public squares.

Localized travel disruptions should also be anticipated and accommodated for during Saturday's visit.


Those in Karachi are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by local authorities.


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