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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.