Islamabad police issue traffic plan ahead of Pakistan Day parade

ISLAMABAD, March 19 (INP): The Islamabad Traffic Police have issued a traffic management plan related to the Pakistan Day parade in the capital on March 23.

According to the police, heavy traffic will be barred from entering the capital from midnight on March 21 and March 23.

Moreover, on the mentioned dates, the Faizabad section of Islamabad Expressway will be closed for all kinds of traffic from 2pm to 5pm.

Additionally, on the said dates, the highway sections from Khanna Pul to Faizabad and Zero Point to Faizabad, and Murree Road from Rawal Dam Chowk to Faizabad will be closed for traffic from 2pm-5pm.

Residents and visitors have been advised to take alternative routes.

Flight timings revised as Islamabad airspace closes for days for PAF’s jet rehearsal

The police have said that light traffic coming from Lahore on the GT Road will be diverted towards Rawalpindi from the Rawat T-Chowk and not be allowed to get on the Islamabad highway.

Similarly, the traffic coming to Islamabad from the airport in Rawalpindi will be diverted from Khanna Pul towards Lehtrar Road and Park Road from where they will be able to get on the Kashmir Highway via Rawal Dam Chowk.

For commuters heading towards the airport from Islamabad, the 9th Avenue, Murree Road and Rawal Road will be open. Commuters coming from the motorway will be able to go to Murree via the Kashmir Highway.

A three-day ban, from March 21 and March 23, has also been placed on pillion riding in the city.

A notification, imposing Section 144 in the federal capital, states that there will be a complete ban on pillion riding on the above-mentioned dates, adding that the prohibition does not apply to women, children and the elderly.

On March 12, the timings for flights arriving or departing from Islamabad between until March 23 were revised to enable Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets to rehearse for the parade.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesperson said Islamabad’s airspace will remain closed from 8am to 12:40pm and 2:30pm to 4pm.