Pakistan

Metro bus route blocked, sit-ins underway in PTI Lahore shutdown

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Plan C, aimed at pressurizing government to announce judicial commission to probe election rigging, has taken effect in Lahore with protests across the Punjab capital, burning of tyres along roads and blockage of a metro bus-service route by the protesters, ARY News reported.

The workers of had an encounter at Chungi Amar Sadhu where they chanted slogans against each other, however, police contingent was deployed at the site to prevent any untoward incident.

Two workers of the PTI were injured who were moved to a nearby hospital. PTI workers are staging sit-ins at Ferozpur Road, Liberty Road, Walton Road.

In his talk at the Lahore airport, the PTI chairman also apologized the people of Lahore for inconvenience they are facing.

Police said minor scuffles take place during rallies of political parties, but law enforcers are trying best to avoid any serious confrontation and breakdown of law and order. Workers of PTI shut down major roads in the Lahore on Monday in the latest round of protests against the government. Dozens of supporters from Khan’s PTI party gathered at different junctions of the city’s major roads and burnt tyres, forcing the suspension of public transport services.

Khan claims the 2013 general election was rigged and wants Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose power base lies in Lahore, to resign.

According to AFP, a heavy police presence is on the streets to try to prevent violence, following clashes at a similar protest in the city of Faisalabad last week.

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“A contingent of 15,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city to avoid any untoward incident,” senior police official Haider Ashraf told the wire service.

Khan has vowed to paralyse major cities around the country as part of his efforts to topple Sharif’s government.

A lengthy sit-in protest outside the parliament building in Islamabad in late August and early September led to brief violent clashes and destabilised Sharif’s government.

Khan has warned that he and his supporters will paralyse the country on December 18 if their demands are not met.

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