Govt orders action against law-breakers, suspension of cellular services

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Government has decided to take action against law-breakers ordered to reopen several road and entry and exits points that were closed due to protests by a religious party.

A high level meeting chaired by Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, decided action against those disturbing law and order situation, as well as ordered to suspend cellular and internet services for 24 hours in areas where the law and order situation deteriorates.

On the other hand, a meeting chaired by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat has decided to deploy Rangers along with police at 16 points of Lahore.

The provincial law minister said that assistance from Pakistan Army can be sought if situation worsens. He warned that no one will be allowed to take law in his hand and directed to immediately arrest law-breakers and file cases against them.

It merits mention that the protest by workers of a religious party has brought to standstill traffic in several major cities and highways; stranding thousands of commuters – women, elderly and children.

There are severe traffic jams in different parts of Lahore. Traffic remains paralyzed at Yateem Khana Chowk, Ferozpur Road, Shahdara, Daroghwala Chowk. In Faisalabad, traffic flow has been severely affected due to closure of various highways.

Roads in different parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have also been blocked, causing long queues of vehicles at entry and exit point of the cities.

In Karachi, Rangers personnel have been deployed to keep law and order situation under control. Spokesperson of Motorway Police has urged people to avoid unnecessary travels.