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lead-ers were also badly af­fected by the tear gas. Be­sides, many mem­bers of the large media squad cover­ing the event were also hit by the tear­gas. Sev­eral tear gas shells landed near the ve­hi­cle of CM Khat­tak and on his pro­to­col cars. A few men in uni­form also re­port­edly sus­tained mi­nor in­juries dur­ing scuf­fle with the pro­tes­tors.

The PTI ac­tivists who also re­sorted to pelt­ing stones also us­ing sling-shots af­ter heavy gas shelling, af­ter sev­eral at-tempts man­aged to re-move a num­ber of con-tain­ers with the help of cranes and ex­ca­va­tors ac- com­pa­ny­ing them and forced their way to Pun-jab af­ter four hours at about seven in the evening where heavy con­tin-gent of Fron­tier Con-stab­u­lary (FC) and po­lice has taken po­si­tions with prison vans. The charged ac­tivists also re­sorted to putting on fire bushes along­side the Mo­tor­way and set ablaze a ve­hi­cle and CNG cylin-der which ex­ploded and a huge fire en­gulfed seven more ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, the author­i­ties have blocked all roads link­ing Islamabad to KP, Sindh and Pun­jab ow­ing to Nov 2 sit-in by PTI.

Ear­lier, Is­lam­abadPe­shawar mo­tor­way that was opened for one day has again been blocked again with con­tain­ers and heaps of sand.

In ad­di­tion, GT Road to Attock has also been blocked while Shahiya Bridge and Wah Gar­den Bridge had also been made no-en­try points.

Na­tional High­way at Sadiqabad link­ing Sindh and Pun­jab, and Fais-al­abad Mo­tor­way, G.T Road had also been blocked through con­tain­ers. Con­tain­ers have been also been placed out­side CM House in Model Town, La­hore.

On the other hand, the gen­eral pub­lic is ex-tremely an­noyed with the clos­ing down of Mo­tor-way and G T Road at sev­eral points. Pas­sen­gers that in­cluded women and kids had to travel miles on foot.

Mean­while, Women sup­port­ers of PTI were al-leg­edly man­han­dled and shifted to po­lice vans as they were de­tained on Mon­day for vi­o­lat­ing Sec­tion-144 that was im-posed last week for a pe-riod of two months. Pak­istan Tehreek-eIn­saf chief Im­ran Khan has claimed that ’fake democ­racy’ is be­ing ex-posed in front of the world.

Talk­ing to media in Bani Gala, Im­ran said that PTI work­ers will con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in Is­lama-bad ‘lock­down’ de­spite all the hur­dles. Un­der which law, the gov­ern-ment is ap­pre­hend­ing peo­ple from their houses by break­ing the doors,’ asked Im­ran Khan.

While re­fer­ring to Prime Min­is­ter he said much more has to be done be­fore 2018. He termed former pres­i­dent Pervez Mushar­raf’s dic­ta­tor­ship far bet­ter than to­day’s democ­racy.

“Sharif brothers are hyp­ocrites as they say some­thing and im­ple­ment some­thing else but Asif Ali Zar­dari was not trick­ster like them”, he added. PTI Chief al­leged po­lit­i­cal lead­ers of de­stroy­ing coun­try’s de­part­ments and de­manded the Supreme Court to take suo moto no­tice of party work­ers ar­rests.

Mean­while, a pas­sion-ate sup­porter who came to have a glimpse of Im-ran Khan was as­saulted by se­cu­rity guard.

Ear­lier, Khan said the po­lice have him un­der vir­tual house ar­rest af­ter the city banned pub­lic gath­er­ings ahead of Wed­nes­day’s planned protest and ar­rested scores of PTI work­ers. He dis­missed claims that he wants the army to topple Sharif, as it did when Sharif was in power in the 1990s, and said the protests aim to hold the prime min­is­ter ac­count-able for al­leged cor­rup­tion. the so­ci­ety, re­marked he. Im­ran Khan’s coun­sel Naeem Bukhari tried to calm him say­ing the PTI lead­er­ship had no ob­jec­tion to hold its planned sit-in/rally at the place pointed out by the court.

Once we are there and the num­ber swells the ad­ja­cent Islamabad High­way may also be al­lo­cated for the sit-in, Naeem Bukhari re­quested which the court agreed. The court also di­rected the city ad­min­is­tra­tion to avoid ar­rest of any po­lit­i­cal worker or block­ing of any road.

Later, in the five-page or- un­der the law. “If any at­tempt to block or lock­down the ICT is made, the district ad­min­is­tra­tion shall act in ac­cor­dance with law.”

The court has also or­dered the district ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­main within the lim­its of law, adding that it is bound to pro­tect rights of ci­ti­zens as well as to take all re­me­dial steps to en­sure fun­da­men­tal rights.

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