Pakistan

PTI protesters retreat to Swabi on Imran’s insistence

Crane machine being used to place containers to block link road along Motorway-1 to stop PTI activists from entering Islamabad ahead of the party’s Nov 2 protest in the federal capital city.

ISLAMABAD: The law enforcement agencies deployed to control Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protesters led by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Pervez Khattak from marching into Islamabad resorted to heavy shelling and tear gas, forcing demonstrators to return to their base-camp in Swabi.


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Khattak led the protesters to Burhan Interchange late on Monday night, and asked the activists to stay intact. However, police strongly resisted their movement and fired shells to prevent them proceeding further.

Following strong resistance by the police, PTI chairman Imran Khan asked his party workers to retreat to Swabi

PTI leader Shah Farman said all the workers would again return with ‘full force’.

The caravan eventually returned to Swabi base-camp from Burhan Interchange due to heavy shelling by the police. Earlier, the protesters were stopped at Haroonabad bridge, but they managed to reach the Motorway Interchange by removing all obstacles.

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Talking to ARY News, Khattak said that he has crossed Burhan but it took him four hours to overcome obstacles put by the administration on its way to Burhan.

The KP CM accused the Punjab government of resorting to illegal means to restrict citizens’ movement within their own country.

“Are we to take visa from them,” asked Khattak.

Police resorted to tear gas shelling at hundreds of PTI workers led by Khattak as they tried to cross the Haroonabad Bridge in a bid to enter Punjab from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa earlier in the day.

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It was the latest confrontation before a planned lockdown of the capital on Wednesday by the PTI. It is seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation over his children’s offshore bank accounts, revealed in the Panama Papers leak.

Hundreds of PTI workers from across the country have been arrested including in the capital, where a ban on protests was invoked last week.

Crane machine is being used to place containers to block link road along Motorway-1 to stop activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from entering Islamabad ahead of the party’s Nov 2 protest in the federal capital city.

Crane machine is being used to place containers to block link road along Motorway-1 to stop activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from entering Islamabad ahead of the party’s Nov 2 protest in the federal capital city.

The Islamabad High Court on Monday partly lifted the order, saying the opposition had the right to demonstrate but could not disrupt citizens’ daily lives.

Authorities in the central province of Punjab have also closed a motorway using shipping containers, as police and paramilitary forces stand guard around the highway.

Addressing supporters from his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad, Khan vowed a million of his supporters would reach the capital on November 2 and force Sharif from power.

“One million people will come out in Islamabad day after tomorrow. The whole of Pakistan is watching to see whether these police whose salaries are paid by us are really police or the personal guards of the Sharif family,” he said.

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