Protest against transport fares hike hits Pakistan's capital (2)

16:59, March 19, 2010      

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The UN team returned to the airport in Islamabad after the attack and requested for security from the United States' embassy, sources said.

Protests by people and students against transport fare increase took a violent turn on Thursday when protestors were injured as police resorted to a stern baton charge in the outskirts of Islamabad, protestors and police said.


A youth received bullet injuries when the riot police opened fire to disperse the demonstrators who had blocked main road between Islamabad and the scenic city of Murree, some 45 kilometers from Islamabad.

The local administration recently increased fare of public transport due to hike in the price of patrol and diesel.

The people and students rejected fare increase and hundreds of people staged demonstration Thursday at Barakahu, a small town some six kilometers northeast of Islamabad and blocked one of the main roads to Islamabad.

The police have arrested some 50 demonstrators on charges of blocking roads and attacking buses and shops.

Angry people extended protest in the night and attacked traffic signals in the city center and forced shopkeepers at main Aabpara market of Islamabad. Residents said that the demonstrators also burnt a bus stop at Aabpara market.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani asked the Interior Minister Rehman Malik to hold inquiry into the firing at the demonstrators

Tahir Alam, Senior Superintendent Police, said that 15 policemen were injured as the result of pelting stones by the demonstrators. He said the police are avoiding using force.


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