Amid blockades, crackdowns and shelling against party workers across the country, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) planned long march announced by former prime minister Imran Khan has begun today (Wednesday).
PTI chairman Imran Khan is currently on his container and moving towards Islamabad from Swabi with a massive crowd of PTI supporters and workers.
In his address at Swabi Interchange, PTI chairman Imran Khan condemned the arrests of party workers during raids and vowed to reach Islamabad’s D-Chowk at any cost.
He also asked people will they accompany him towards Islamabad by removing containers? The charged crowd replied yes they will. He recalled that the PTI government did not arrest participants of PPP and JUI-F rallies while being in power.
He said ‘imported government’ is not acceptable to the masses and they will continue the struggle against this government
The government has cut road links between KP and Punjab as police parties continue to raid the homes of PTI activists. The authorities have also imposed Section 144 in Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad Capital Territory, banning the assembly of more than four people.
SC asks govt to provide alternate place for PTI’s march
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the government to provide an alternate place for PTI’s long march –Azadi March- towards Islamabad and directed both parties to sit together and find an amicable solution to it.
The three-member apex court while hearing a petition against the blockade of roads in the federal capital directed the chief commissioner Islamabad to arrange an alternate place for PTI’s long march. “The chief commissioner and chief secretary should sit with the PTI leaders and hold talks to resolve the matter,” the Supreme Court directed.
During the hearing, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan said that a traffic plan should be devised to reach the venue of the long march. “The PTI lawyers should also consult with their leadership for the alternate space,” the court remarked and adjourned the hearing for 2:30 pm.
Clashes erupt in Lahore
Lahore police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton-charge in an effort to disperse Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protesters marching towards Islamabad for Azadi March.
According to details, the Lahore police launched a crackdown on PTI workers marching towards Islamabad for the Azadi march announced by former prime minister Imran Khan. Former federal minister Hammad Azhar was leading PTI’s Lahore caravan.
As a result, dozens of protesters were arrested as they clashed with police at Lahore’s Bati Chowk.
Police try to arrest Yasmeen Rashid
Punjab police on Wednesday tried to arrest PTI leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid and misbehaved her while she was on her way to Islamabad for Azadi Long March.
According to details, Lahore police personnel have been mobilized to stop the participants of the Azadi Long March from reaching Islamabad.
During the attempt to stop PTI senior leader, Yasmeen Rashid, police also insulted the other women in the former Punjab minister’s car, while masked men also jumped on Rashid’s car and started attaching with sticks.
IHC orders release of PTI workers
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered to release of arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers.
The IHC bench headed by CJ Justice Athar Minallah was hearing a plea related to harassing PTI workers by the police ahead of Azadi Long March.
At the outset of the hearing, IHC CJ asked why the PTI are being harassed despite the orders of the court? The deputy commissioner replied that there were security threats issued by NACTA ahead of the long march and reports regarding weapons with the march participants were also received.
Islamabad admin refuses to allow PTI long march in capital
The local administration in Islamabad has refused to allow Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) long march to enter Islamabad while justifying it with a decision given by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
According to sources, the district administration responded to the PTI’s request to allow their long march in Islamabad, saying that they could not allow the gathering at the place identified by the party.
“The place identified between sectors G-9 and H-9 is not suitable for the public gathering as larger number of people could not be accommodated at the venue,” they said while citing the letter sent from the Islamabad administration.