Pakistan Hazara Shiite killings: Road arteries clog up as protesters block Faizabad

Life in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad remained paralysed for the second consecutive day on Thursday as hundreds of people blocked Faizabad interchange to protest against the killing of 12 Hazaras in Mastung.

The ensuing traffic mess extended not only to the road, but the air as well. Due to the closure of the interchange — which link Islamabad with Rawalpindi and Benazir Bhutto International Airport — thousands of people suffered a lot as worst kind of traffic jam was witnessed at all the alternative roads.

Office workers and students could not reach their destinations on time, while hundreds of people failed to reach the airport in time for their flights, resulting in prolonged flight delays.

Protesters including women and children staged sit-ins at Faizabad Chowk [Square] and Faizabad Interchange against the recent killing of 12 members of Shia Hazara community in Quetta. They raised slogans against the government over its failure to control growing terrorism incidents in the country. The participants condemned the killing of Hazaras and demanded immediate and strict action against the culprits.