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Traders Block Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue Due to Centaurus Mall Closure

Traders and shopkeepers have blocked-off Jinnah Avenue for traffic following the uncalled-for closure of Centaurus Mall. The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Building Control Department (BCD) sealed the mall after a raid last night.

According to the details, and reports, the authorities have sealed the shopping plaza citing ‘nonconforming use‘. CDA’s sudden intervention has risen the ire of the traders and shopkeepers who are demanding that the authorities unseal the building at once.

Jinnah Avenue is among the busiest roads in Islamabad. It is a main connecting road between Blue Area, which is the capital city’s work and commercial hub, and various residential areas within Islamabad.

Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP) is yet to issue a statement or an advisory plan in this regard. Although, the protest is expected to continue for an indefinite period.

Earlier in October, the mall burst into flames, after which it remained shut for several weeks, which resulted in numerous businesses being halted. After the latest incident, the working staff and the traders are unhappy with the government’s sudden decision.


  • No need to politicise the issue. If there is a reason to seal the mall then concerned authorities know best. The October fire incident which endangered many lives should be investigated too and action taken against mall administration.

  • This mall must be closed permanently as it is causing too much trouble for the local original inhabitants of the capital city.. either close it or move it elsewhere

    • Who are original inhabitants of the Capital city. Basically all are migratees/jobians. No one can be originally from Islamabad

    • How do you move a mall? Or close this Huge Mall? It is Simply Impossible to close or Relocate this Mall.

  • This is the second time news is written without any proper research which clearly shows the bad intent and further raise the credibility of website already in question.
    The real issue is building management not ensuring public safety.


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