Protestors shut several markets in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi on Monday after the curfew imposed following clashes during an Asuhra procession in the city.
Protestors demonstrated against the Rawalpindi tragedy and forced the closure of shops in Raja Bazaar, Bara Market, Sabzi Mandi, Urdu Bazaar and other markets of the city.
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Earlier on Monday, authorities lifted the curfew which was imposed in the city on Friday. The city administration said that section 144 would remain imposed in the city, while the army would remain on standby.
At least ten people were killed following clashes during the Ashura procession in the city. According to Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, all facts regarding the tragedy would be made public and the culprits would be brought to justice.
Tweets on recent incidents:
Tense situation again in #Rawalpindi, army continue patrolling sensitive areas #Pakistan #DunyaTV
— Dunya TV (@dunyanetwork) November 18, 2013
#Rawalpindi Update: Shops are being forced to close by certain groups, and unrest spreading again.
— KamilKhanMarwat (@KKhanMarwat) November 18, 2013
Protest against Rawalpindi incident in Kohat turns violent, two – including a policeman – killed in firing. #Pakistan
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) November 18, 2013
The curfew that was imposed in Rawalpindi on Nov 15 was lifted early on Monday after which schools and offices opened, said reports from Local News Channels.
The city administration removed blockades from the city’s roads after the end of the curfew and people came out of their houses and began gathering around shops to buy foodstuff and other necessities.
Residents who were stuck outside the city also flocked in after the sealed entry and exit points of Rawalpindi were opened.
All private schools in the city announced a holiday whereas government schools resumed their routine today.
A soldier shakes hands with a child during curfew in #Rawalpindi. pic.twitter.com/pBXbc1jNOE
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) November 17, 2013
Security remains on high alert while additional security personnel were deployed at all sensitive areas, especially at places of worship, in the city.