In an effort to disperse Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protesters moving towards Islamabad for an Azadi March on Wednesday, police in Lahore resorted to tear gas shelling and baton charges.
Details indicate that the police in Lahore initiated a crackdown on PTI workers who were moving towards Islamabad in order to participate in the Azadi march that was announced by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The PTI’s Lahore caravan was led by Hammad Azhar, who had previously served as a federal minister.
As a direct consequence of this, hundreds of demonstrators were taken into custody as they engaged in violent confrontations with police near Lahore’s Bati Chowk.
In order to prevent members of the PTI from marching through Lahore and other parts of the metropolitan area, a large police force was stationed at Bati Chowk.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) planned long march, which was announced by the country’s former prime minister Imran Khan, has begun in the midst of blockades and a crackdown against party supporters across the country.
After arriving in Swabi from Peshawar via helicopter, the former prime minister and current head of the PTI will lead the parade beginning at the Ambar Interchange.