LAHORE/KARACHI/PESHWAR: Police on Wednesday used brute force tear gas and batons were used on PTI leaders and workers to keep them from moving towards Islambad as part of of “March of Azadi”, especially in Lahore and Karachi.
The police met out Worse treatment of PTI workers and leaders in Lahore. Provincial capital on On Wednesday, violent clashes broke out between PTI workers and riot police, as the administration blocked all exits. points of city, leading towards Islamabad.
Police used tear gas to disperse PTI workers near Bhatti Chowk, Shahdar, Ivan-i-Adl, Ravi Bridge and other areas. They loaded the workers and leaders with a baton who tried to challenge the barricades set up in place stop them from moving towards Islamabad.
In some places, PTI workers managed to advance towards Islamabad, pushing containers under tear gas fire.
vehicle of PTI leader Dr. Yasmin Rashid was also damaged and she reportedly suffered minor injuries. Dr. Yasmin, in a statement claiming that the windshield of her vehicle was violated by the police.
Later, Dr. Yasmin, along with with Andalib Abbas was arrested in Butty Chowk. The police tried arrest senior PTI leaders Shafkat Mahmoud and Hammad Azhar, who we leading rallies. PTI Lawyers and Employees also messed around with police outside Ivan-e-Adl and Postmaster General office.
The police, however, arrested dozens of PTI executives and workers including Andlib Abbas, Mian Mehmudur Rashid, Jamshed Iqbal and Senator Ijaz Chaudhry. Some of they were released later.
As soon like a long march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) started in in the provincial capital there were clashes between police and workers. in different areas by turning some parts of in city in battlefield.
Judging by the details, the caravans of PTI Lahore came from different parts of in city get together at Butty Chowk to participate in long march on in call of former prime minister Imran Khan where they were supposed to leave for Islamabad in caravans.
When the workers tried to remove the barricades from Butty Chowk and move out of in the city the police charged them with bludgeoned and shelled, the female PTI leader was knocked unconscious. Meanwhile the police also attacked vehicle of PTI leader Dr. Yasmin Rashid smashed the windshield of in vehicle. However, Yasmine Rashid vehicle went forward, breaking through the police cordon.
However, the Lahore police arrested Dr. Yasmeen Rashid and Andalib Abbas, but they were later released, while CCPO Lahore claimed that Dr. Rashid and Andalib were not arrested as both women themselves remained in police vehicle. He said both were taken out of police vehicle after.
Similarly, the Lahore police also was trying arrest Hammad Azar, key PTI leader, near Shahdara Chowk. On the other hand, a large number of lawyers were present outside Awan-i-Adl will take part in a long march where the police charged them with baton and tear gas on them.
Police also arrested some lawyers.
The police and district administration closed those. city at 14 points while citizens who went out of in city faced serious difficulties. Barriers were erected from Kachehri Chowk to Datadarbar, containers were placed from Pir Makki to Azadi Chowk and roads from Azadi Chowk to Bhatti Chowk were closed. also blocked.
Similarly, roads from Rettigan Chowk to SSP office we also blocked and the containers were moved from Rettigan Chowk to Bilal Ganj. In addition, the roads from Istanbul Chowk to PMG Chowk, Bhatti Chowk to Azadi Chowk Flyover remained blocked and Ravi Bridge, Old Bridge, Lakkar Mandi were closed. with containers.
Administration also closed entrance and exit points of Tokar Niaz Baig, Mahmoud Buti Highway and M-2 Lahore-Islamabad Highway from Tokar Niaz Baig and heavy contingent of the police were also deployed on these points.
DEATH OF PTI WORKER
PTI employee fell down and lost my life in collision with police on Ravi bridge in Lahore. Participant in the deceased PTI worker was identified as Faisal, a resident of Iqbal city. Faisal Abbasi was taken to the hospital in critical condition after falling from the bridge, but he could not survive.
DEFICIENCY OF GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL
In connection with the closure of routes due to the long march, supply of oil products could not reach Lahore, which led to a shortage of petroleum products in in city and lack of oil products started in various parts of in city.
Gasoline and diesel are gone in Dharampura, Garhi Shahu, Ravi Road, Shadbagh, Shahdara, Lower Trade Center and other areas and residents who came for gasoline was a concern.
According to oil dealers, daily consumption of petroleum products in in city there were 3 million liters and if the roads remain closed, the deficit will become a crisis.
LACK OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
closure of all entry and exit points of The city has adversely affected the normal supply of supply of fruits and vegetables in city markets. The shortage has led to an increase in prices of products.
Badami Bagh Ejaz Chaudhry, president of the fruit and vegetable market, said that from 700 to 800 vehicles came to Badami Bagh Mandi on daily. But today [Wednesday] only about 350 of can reach the market added.
Similarly, supplies could not reach fruits and vegetables. market of Kana Kachha and only 30 trucks were able to get to vegetables and fruits. worth millions of rupees were damaged in in vehicles got stuck due to road closures.
Speaking to Pakistan Today, vegetable and fruit vendors said that due to shortages of offer, price also passed up sharply affected both sellers and citizens.
COLLISIONS AT NUMAISH CHOURANGI IN KARACHI
Sindh police and PTI workers clashed in Karachi. busy Numaish Chowrangi Junction. party workers set fire to a police van and removed all obstacles created by law enforcement agencies.
The police resorted to aerial photography firing and firing tear gas to disperse protesters. However, PTI employees responded: throwing stones at law enforcement.
The police resorted to the worst treatment of protesting workers and arrested some of them.
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CAPITAL
“None should will be allowed to besiege the capital and dictate their terms for Interior Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday.
Schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi were closed and all exams were cancelled. of all hospitals declared a state of emergency, with staff put on anxiety.
“We have already seen the blockade of the capital, but this is something unprecedented,” Islamabad. private This was reported by 52-year-old school worker Allah Ditta.
Salon worker Savera Masih complained that large-scale destruction falls the hardest on daily wage workers like herself.
“Whoever in power doesn’t matter to us but not even earning for one day affects me and mine family”, 23-year- said the old one.
“DO NOT FEAR ARRESTS”
In the meantime, Khan said he would get to the D-Chowk area. of Islamabad at 15:00 and called him followers do the same thing.
He will get to Swabi by helicopter from Peshawar, leading procession from the barn junction.
In a video message for his supporters ahead of march, he announced his party only demand free and fair early elections and they won’t go away home until the date is known for polls.
“Do not be afraid of prisons, former prime minister told his activists and supporters. “Our future generations would not forgive us if we didn’t come out today, he added.