A protest against gender-based violence is scheduled to take place in Quetta (Balochistan province) on Sunday, September 30, during which participants will gather at the Quetta Press Club from 12:00 (local time). Nationwide demonstrations began following the sexual assault of a local woman along the Lahore-Sialkot highway (Punjab province) on September 9. Associated demonstrations may also occur in other urban centers nationwide in the near term.
Associated business and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of the protest, as well as a heightened security presence. However, previous rallies over the issue have passed peacefully.
Protests have been held in several cities nationwide since the incident near Lahore on September 9, which came days after a young girl was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and killed in Karachi. Protests were held over the weekend in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, and Karachi.
Those in Pakistan are advised to closely monitor developments, avoid all protests and large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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