Punjab Government on Saturday launches a crackdown against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and leaders ahead of the PTI public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan tonight.
According to details roads leading to the Minar-e-Pakistan have been blocked meanwhile police have arrested 1,600 workers in an overnight raid.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan, while taking to Twitter, called on his supporters in Lahore to attend the PTI Power Show after Taraweeh prayers which he believes will “break all records”.
Imran Khan said that he will give his vision of “Haqeeqi Azadi” and how to pull the country out of the mess the “cabal of crooks have put our country in”.
Saying that the [government] will put obstacles to prevent the supporters from attending the gathering, Khan highlighted that it is the people’s fundamental right to be a part of a jalsa.
“Everyone must assert their right as people of a free nation that won its independence & come to Minar-e-Pakistan,” he added.
Remember that Today’s public gathering will take place after Taraweeh at 9 pm at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan.
The district administration has allowed the PTI to hold a rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan tonight, however, containers have been placed on some routes leading to the rally, including the entrance and exit routes of Lahore.
The routes leading to Minar-e-Pakistan from Ravi Bridge and Railway Station are closed, while containers have also been placed at the Shah Alam Market.
Some students who were scheduled to appear for the Institute of Chartered Accountant exams were also affected by the road blockades. It has been reported that they were unable to reach the exam venue due to the blocked roads.
The container drivers have been directed to keep their trucks and containers blocking the roads until 12 pm tomorrow. The police crackdown is ongoing as authorities aim to maintain law and order during the PTI public gathering.
On the other hand, the police have arrested over 50 PTI workers from different areas of Rahim Yar Khan, while 26 workers including PTI leader Javed Akhtar Ansari’s son were arrested in Multan.
The PTI claimed that many workers have also been detained from Lodhran and Bhakkar.
The former prime minister announced staging a “historic” public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on March 19 as part of his ongoing election campaign.