Authorities have issued a detailed traffic plan for Islamabad and Rawalpindi (diversions and alternate routes) due to the sit-in by Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakitan (TLP) at Faizabad Interchange causing massive traffic disruption.
Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) workers had planned a march from Liaquat Bagh to Faizabad to protest the blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) despite being denied permission by local authorities.
However, the supporters of Khadim Hussain Rizvi reached Faizabad Interchange on Sunday and staged a sit-in while demanding that the French ambassador leave the country immediately.
The Faizabad dharna (sit-in) has caused severe traffic disruption and problems for commuters as Islamabad and Rawalpindi authorities have blocked several roads to maintain the law and order situation.
It is pertinent to mention that the Metro Bus service and all other forms of public transport has been suspended adding to the misery of commuters who are trying to reach offices, airport or railway station.
The authorities have completely blocked Faizabad Interchange from all sides with containers to restrict the protesters while issuing a detailed traffic plan for Islamabad and Rawalpindi including diversions and alternate routes to help commuters.
In related news, mobile services were partially restored in Islamabad around 2:30am till 7:30am after which cellular networks have been down due to the Faizabad Dharna (sit-in).
Islamabad and Rawalpindi Traffic Plan:
Diversions placed on all sides of Faizabad:
1. At Zero Point on Faisal Avenue for traffic from and to Faizabad.
2. At Rawal Dam Chowk on Murree Road for traffic from and to Faizabad.
3. At 9th Av Signal on IJP Road for traffic from and to Faizabad.
4. At Khanna Bridge on Islamabad Highway for traffic from and to Faizabad.
Diversion placed at 9th Avenue signal on IJP Road for both sides of traffic.
Faqeer Epi Road and Peshawar Road can be used.
Diversion placed on Sirinagar Highway at Zero Point loops going towards Islamabad Expressway.
9th Avenue can be used to reach i-8, i-9 and adjacent sectors.
Rawal Dam Chowk, Tramri Chowk and then Lehtrar Road can be used to reach Khanna Bridge and then Islamabad Highway.
Diversion placed at Rawal Dam Chowk on Muree Road for traffic from and to Faizabad.
Rawal Dam Chowk, Park Road, Tramri Chowk and then Lehtrar Road can be used to reach Islamabad Highway.
Diversions placed on Islamabad Highway under Khanna Bridge for both sides of traffic.
Koral interchange can be used to enter Rawalpindi.
Khanna Interchange can be used via Lehtrar Road and Tramri Chowk and then Rawal Dam Chowk to reach Sirinagar Highway.
Diversions placed on Serena Chowk, State Bank Chowk and D-Chowk for Red Zone Entry and Exit.
Ayub Chowk and Margallah Road can be used for Red Zone Entry and Exit.
Islamabad and Rawalpindi Traffic Plan Map
Please refer to the traffic map below for open routes:
Islamabad Traffic Plan in Urdu
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