Various parts of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad presented a post-war scene, just a day after the violent protests which left huge public and private property damaged.
A visit to the affected areas of two cities shows a CNG station near Faizabad and some vehicles parked inside its premises badly damaged; traffic signals, streetlights, signboards on main roads of Islamabad and window glasses of various buildings on Benazir Bhutto were also lying broken. The worrying aspect of protest was that some groups of youth was involved in the looting spree on IJ Principal Road and Tarnol area and a shopping area of Sector I-10.
However, the police sources said that none of the workers of any political and religious party was involved in looting shops and attacking private property in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. They put on fire police posts on reaching in front of Serena Hotel when the police stopped them to enter Red Zone of the federal capital.
The religious parties took out their rallies after Jumaa prayers but the violent incidents were started much earlier.
A senior police official on Saturday said that there were over 50,000 protestors who reached Islamabad on Friday but the police force managed in its strategy to prevent them from entering the Diplomatic Enclave.
According to reports, there were groups of Afghan dwellers of ‘katchi abadi’ alongside the I J Principal Road, who were on the rampage. The groups of miscreants carrying sticks appeared on the I J Principal Road between 9 and 10 a.m. and started pelting stones on vehicles and blocked the road on both sides.
They badly damaged and ransacked toll plaza near Carriage Factory on the I J Principal Road. They damaged traffic signals, looted furniture, computers and other office equipment from the toll plaza.
The groups of youth aged between 17 to 25 then took to Sectors I-10 and I-11 where they tried to attack ‘Metro Cash and Carry’ but could not enter its premises due to strict security arrangements there.
They also looted some mobile shops and grocery shops in Sector I-10 and also threw stones at Sabzi Mandi Police Station.
The law enforcing agencies on Saturday again blocked entry to Serena Chowk while placing containers there when they heard about another rally against the blasphemous film.
The young boys while returning from protest demonstrations broke traffic signals and streetlights on the main Jinnah Avenue besides damaging signboards.
The rally taken out by Tehrik Minhajul Quraan, however, remained peaceful. The protestors reached Islamabad on buses and motorcycles.
Carrying banners and placards, they were reciting ‘Naats’ and chanting slogans against the United States demanding exemplary punishment to those who produced the film which later was posted on the internet.
Another group of boys entered Tarnol Police Station where they put on fire a taxicab parked inside.
On Benazir Bhutto Road, the protestors besides damaging Kandan CNG Station, also set on fire half a dozen vehicles.