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- Sunday, September 23, 2012 - From Print Edition




Normalcy returned to the city on Saturday and the city district government, Rawalpindi, and Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad remained busy in removing burnt tyres and remaining parts of burnt motors, stones, sticks, rubber bullets and other hard items to clear roads for smooth flow of traffic from different points.


The concerned departments in their jurisdictions were repairing traffic signals, signboards, streetlights, bus stops and different kinds of flowers and plants rooted out during protest demonstrations on Friday against anti-Islam film.


Some shops in Bara Market, Narnkari Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Jamia Masjid Road, Banni and City Saddar Road however, remained closed due to fear and unrest.


Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA), Municipal Services Department (MSD), Civil Defence and Rescue 1122 staff remained busy in removing burnt tyres, parts of burnt motors, stones, sticks, rubber bullets from Benazir Bhutto Road, Jhelum Road, Airport Road, Pirwadhai Road, IJ Principal Road, Carriage Factory Road, Khanna Road, Kurri Road, Satellite Town, Sadiqabad and Dhoke Hassu Road in Rawalpindi.


Similarly, Capital Development Authority staffers were seen clearing key roads in the Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue, Aabpara and Zero Point Road from stones, sticks, rubber bullets for smooth traffic flow.


District Officer (DO) Municipal Services Rawalpindi Dr. Mazhar Azeem told ‘The News’ that his entire staff was busy since morning to remove all kind of debris including stones, sticks, rubber bullets etc on roads.


Tehsil Municipal Officer (TMO), Rawalpindi Chaudhry Liaquat said that they were removing broken streetlights and renovating traffic signals on roads.


The reliable sources from the City Police Officer (CPO) office confirmed that Pirwdahi Police Station, New Town Police Station, Waris Khan Police Station and Sadiqabad Police Station registered cases against protesters for creating unrest on Friday. The concerned police stations registered cases against more than 1,500 people and nominated 300 protesters in FIR, the sources said. The sources also said that CPO has formed different police teams to arrest protesters for damaging public and private property. The cases registered according to terrorism act, the sources disclosed.


Talking to ‘The News’, District Bar Association (DBA) President Sajid Ilyas Bhatti said that people should observe peaceful protest demonstrations and set good example for others. “No doubt, sacrilegious film production is a shameful film, which has disturbed our sentiments, but we should hold peaceful protests to express our feelings for the Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him)”, he said.