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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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