Azadi March PTI Workers Clash With Police Near Batti Chowk
May 25, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
LAHORE: Police used tear gas to disperse PTI workers at Batti Chowk in Lahore after removing obstacles erected to obstruct roadways ahead of the party’s planned “Azadi March” to Islamabad.
The PTI’s Lahore chapter has requested that its members congregate at Batti Chowk today, from where they will proceed for Islamabad.
The police fired tear gas shells to clear the scene after the party workers gathered at the crossroads and battled with them after they removed barricades.
Meanwhile, former federal minister Hammad Azhar confirmed his arrival at Batti Chowk via social media.
According to Geo News, all access and departure routes into and out of Lahore have been barred to prevent PTI activists from marching, while searches on the homes of party officials have resulted in the arrests of Senator Ijaz Chauhdry and Mehmoodur Rasheed.
When a police party raided a local PTI leader’s home in the province capital, guns were seized, according to Lahore Police.
A Cop Dies In Raid PML-N Govt Decides To Stop PTI’s Long March
May 24, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
ISLAMABAD: The PML-N administration has opted to halt Imran Khan’s Azadi March in Islamabad, despite mounting pressure from the PTI for early elections and the government’s determination to stay put.
PM Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of the PML-political N’s committee.
“Such actions are equivalent to wrecking the economy,” says Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The meeting will discuss the political environment and possible responses to the PTI’s lengthy march.
The decision was made during a meeting of the PML-political N’s committee, which was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, only hours after a cop was killed during a raid on the home of a PTI politician.
With security increased in the federal capital and a crackdown on PTI members around the nation Friday night, all eyes were on PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s lengthy march to Islamabad, which was planned earlier as part of the party’s anti-government campaign calling for early elections.
Today’s gathering focused on discussions about the country’s current political situation and strategies for dealing with the PTI’s protracted march.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah briefed reporters on the current state of law and order, as well as steps to guarantee peace and security.
According to Geo News, which cited sources, it was decided that the “public’s security” must be assured.
During his presentation to the gathering, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was quoted as stating, “Such measures are akin to wrecking the economy.”
The prime minister went on to say that the state’s authority would not be jeopardized at any cost, and that any criminal activity will be stopped.
In the event of any aggressive or offensive behavior, the meeting voted to take legal action.
In a news conference to be held shortly, the interior minister will advise the media on the strategy to disrupt the march.
All chief secretaries, inspectors general, and other key officials would be videotaped in, and district and provincial administrations will be given instructions on how to prevent the PTI from marching on the federal capital.
Azadi March will begin as scheduled: Qureshi, Shah Mehmood
As news of the existing government’s announcement of a ban on the PTI’s long march arrived, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi declared at a press conference in Peshawar that the freedom to march is a fundamental, constitutional, and legal right.
He claims that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari led a march, but that the government did nothing to stop it. Maulana Fazlur Rehman recently organised a sit-in in Peshawar that was not even prevented, he stated. “I want to be clear that we will not stop and that our march will go as planned,” Qureshi stated.
“Regardless of what happens, PTI personnel must complete the long march,” Qureshi stated.