Delays, Road Blocks and Congestion: Traffic Plan Issued for 23rd March Parade in Twin Cities

Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has devised a traffic plan for the Pakistan Day Parade to be held on 23rd March 2018. According to ITP, the inflow of heavy traffic will be stopped from 12.00 am to 2 pm for today, 21st March and 23rd March.

In order to avoid the congested areas and long waiting hours in traffic jams, follow the below mentioned comprehensive traffic plan.

Faizabad Section

Faizabad section will remain closed from 2 pm to 5 pm for all kinds of traffic for 19th, 21st, and 23rd March.

GT Road

Light traffic coming from outside of Rawalpindi on GT Road will be diverted to Rawalpindi from Rawat T-Chowk. Islamabad Highway will remain closed for such traffic.


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Islamabad Highway

Islamabad Highway sections will be closed at the following locations from 2 pm to 5 pm for the above-mentioned dates.

  • Zero Point to Faizabad.
  • Khanna Pul to Faizabad.
  • Murree Road from Rawal Dam Chowk to Faizabad.

From Airport

Traffic coming from the airport will follow the following route.

  • From Khanna Pul to Lehtrar Road to Park Road through Taramri Chowk. Then from there, traffic will move to Kashmir Highway via Rawal Dam Chowk.

To Airport

Traffic heading to Rawalpindi Airport from Islamabad can use 9th Avenue, Murree Road and Rawal Road.

To Murree

Traffic going to Murree via Motorway will use Kashmir Highway.

Airspace and Fight Timings

The timings for several commercial flights were also rescheduled due to the PAF rehearsals for Pakistan Day. According to a PIA representative, airspace is to remain closed from 12th March to 23rd for the following timings;

  • Islamabad Airspace to remain closed from 8 am to 12.40 pm between 12th March and 23rd March.
  • Islamabad Airspace to remain closed from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm between 12th March and 23rd March.

Via Geo


  • so what is the difference between protestors who blocked the roads and armed forces. if armed forces are so scared of their safety then why not move parade to ghq and let people travel with less problems……

  • And yet the naive “awam” keeps clapping while the parade drama goes on. Poor chaps, totally ignorant that around 1 billion is spent on this “promotional” activity of a few hours on 23rd.
    I just wonder that 23 March is a politically-significant day of our history. Why in the world do we celebrate it with a Fauji parade? If it’s too important, why not do it on 6th September or rather 16 December (fall of Dhaka day)?

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