The pro-judiciary rally organized by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was called off after chaotic scenes broke out in Lahore on Wednesday. The police baton-charged and used water cannons to disperse the rally, resulting in several injuries to PTI workers and citizens.
In response to the situation, PTI leader Hammad Azhar urged the workers and activists to remain peaceful and go home, despite the government’s apparent desire for bloodshed. He expressed disappointment that the government resorted to violence despite finalizing the security plan a day earlier. According to him, a peaceful rally was PTI’s right, and the police’s actions amounted to repeating the years-old Model Town tragedy.
Azhar further reported that 100 workers had been arrested, calling it the “height of fascism.” He urged Imran Khan to take notice of the violation of human rights by the Supreme Court. He also berated the PDM government for its actions and accused PML-N leaders of wanting chaos in the country.
The PTI lawyers will file a contempt plea against the caretaker government, said Azhar, noting that the set-up was meant to hold elections. He further accused the government of hiding fascism in the garb of democracy, and expressed sorrow that women and children were attacked during the rally.