Pakistan

PTI holds countrywide protests against assassination bid on Imran Khan


Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday took to the streets in different parts of the country against the assassination attempt on party chief and former premier Imran Khan.

At Faizabad Interchange, PTI workers pelted stones at FC and Islamabad police personnel, forcing the law enforcers to fire tear gas shells to disperse the demonstrators. The police also took custody of two PTI workers.

The protesters blocked the road leading up to Faizabad, causing problems for the people travelling to Islamabad.

شدید شیلنگ کے باوجود فیض آباد میں کارکنان پرجوش – #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/mBJ521JLWJ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

After a brief pause, protests at Faizabad resumed with police claiming that the protesters have started setting trees and plants on fire.

Islamabad Police said that "armed" protesters have blocked the road, adding that the police were identifying such elements.

"Capital Police have started taking action against those who are taking the law into their own hands," it added.

The police also claimed that they have received complaints about protesters looting valuables from people on motorcycles and cars.

Meanwhile, PTI leader and former human rights minister Shireen Mazari has said that protesters were stopped by police at Lahore Cantt.

Peaceful protestors stopped at Lahore cantt. Punjab police comes in front line to protect Cantt against peaceful PTI protestors. pic.twitter.com/je9bWIWPSe
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 4, 2022

"Peaceful protesters stopped at Lahore Cantt. Punjab Police comes in front line to protect Cantt against peaceful PTI protestors," she said.

PTI women workers also protested against the firing incident in front of the Islamabad Press Club.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Police have diverted traffic from Faizabad due to protests.

Traffic Alert !

Due to protest, diversions placed for all sides of Faizabad.

Traffic coming from Faisal Avenue to Faizabad is diverted to Srinagar Highway.

Traffic coming from Murree Road to Faizabad is diverted to Srinarage Highway from Rawal Dam Chowk.⬇️
— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) November 4, 2022

"Traffic coming from Faisal Avenue to Faizabad is diverted to Srinagar Highway," it said in a traffic alert.

It said that traffic coming from Murree Road to Faizabad is diverted to Srinarage Highway from Rawal Dam Chowk whereas traffic arriving from IJP Road to Faizabad is diverted to 9th Avenue at 9th Avenue Signal.

The alert said that traffic coming from Koral to Faizabad is diverted to Lehtrar Road via Khanna Pull.

As per media reports, Sindh Police resorted to baton-charge and tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters on Sharea Faisal in Kracahi.

شارع فیصل کراچی میں پی ٹی آئی کارکنوں کو روکنے کیلئے پولیس کی شیلنگ اور لاٹھی چارج. #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/LTGNs9T2Ru
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

The protesters pelted stones at the law enforcers as they tried to prevent them from reaching Metropole Hotel.

This is Karachi, led by self proclaimed champion of human rights Bilawal Zardari, tear gassing peaceful protesters! Shame on PPP! #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/mSgthfyM7Z
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

The police managed to restore traffic on Sharea Faisal after battling with the protesters for two hours. The road from Baloch Colony to Metropole has been cleared for traffic.

According to Sindh Police, 20 PTI workers were detained during the protest including women.

As per reports, PTI supporters gathered at Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's (K-P) Peshawar Toll Plaza. All workers of the Peshawar district are expected to protest at the toll plaza.

Meanwhile, the GT Road from Chakbeli Mor in Rawalpindi was blocked as violent protests erupted against the assassination attempt on the PTI chief.

A heavy presence of both motorway police and district police are present at the protest venue.

Moreover, protesters have also set tyres on fire and blocked the road. As a result of the blockade, passengers from both sides of the road are facing problems.

PTI workers have also started gathering outside the Allama Iqbal Park in Rawalpindi. Party MNAs Ali Nawaz and Khurram Nawaz are also present at the venue.

PTI workers in Karachi now moving towards Metropole from Insaf House on Sharea Faisal.

پی ٹی آئی کراچی احتجای مارچ انصاف ہاؤس سے میٹروپول کی طرف روانہ۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/U9ZU7NnEYw
— PTI Karachi Official (@PTI_KHI) November 4, 2022

Earlier, people had begin to gather for protest outside Insaf House in Karachi.

انصاف ہاؤس کراچی کے باہر احتجاج کے لیے لوگ جمع ہونا شروع۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/UiJ9udMrQn
— PTI Karachi Official (@PTI_KHI) November 4, 2022

پی ٹی آئی کراچی کا شاہراہ فیصل انصاف ہاوس کراچی پر چیرمین عمران خان پر قاتلانہ حملے کے خلاف بھرپور احتجاج عوام کی بڑی تعداد موجود #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/a8tGVlnoXs
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

PTI workers also protested against the attack on the PTI chief at Faizabad Interchange in the twin cities.

مری روڈ فیض آباد راولپنڈی میں عمران خان پر قاتلانہ حملے کے خلاف عوام کی بڑی تعداد سراپا احتجاج۔
#عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/JUr5f0FKH8
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

 

Protest by PTI workers underway in Faisalabad.

فیصل آباد عمران خان صاحب پر قاتلانہ حملے کے خلاف احتجاج جاری ہے۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن_ہے pic.twitter.com/03hjRhtffT
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

PTI workers in Charsadda are protesting at Farooq Azam Chowk under the leadership of Provincial Law Minister Fazal Shakoor Khan. Workers burned tires, blocking roads and disrupting traffic.

 

Protest outside the Governor House in Lahore turned violent after protesters burnt tyres and damaged public property.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers swarmed to Governor House in Lahore to protest the assassination attempt on party chief Imran Khan. The protesters burned tyres outside the gate of the premises and hoisted their party flag on top of the gate.#etribune #news #GovernorHouse #PTI pic.twitter.com/kIinjHWDla
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) November 4, 2022

They also tried to jump over the official residence's gate and threw burning tyres inside.

PTI supporters blocked the motorway in Peshawar, protesting an assassination attempt on party chief Imran Khan on Thursday. The former premier was injured and is currently undergoing medical treatment at Shaukat Khanam Hospital. The heinous attack sparked protests nationwide. pic.twitter.com/KiJ88H7vzf
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) November 4, 2022

The police of the federal capital have asked the Rawalpindi administration to stop protesters from carrying out "illegal actions" while protesting at Faizabad. They added that protesters had pelted police with stones and were carrying sticks and slingshots.

فیض آبادکے مقام پرراولپنڈی کی جانب مظاہرین جمع ہیں۔

مظاہرین ڈنڈوں،غلیلوں اورپتھروں کےساتھ اکٹھا ہیں،ان مظاہرین میں اسلحہ بردار بھی موجود ہو سکتے ہیں۔

راولپنڈی سے مظاہرین اسلام آباد پولیس پر پتھراؤ کررہے ہیں۔
راولپنڈی انتظامیہ سے گذارش ہےکہ مظاہرین کو غیر قانونی عمل سےروکیں⬇️
— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) November 4, 2022

A demonstration was also held in Punjab's Vehari by Central Deputy Secretary Information Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry.

چیئرمین پاکستان تحریک انصاف عمران خان پر قاتلانہ حملہ کے خلاف وہاڑی میں مرکزی ڈپٹی سیکرٹری اطلاعات زاہد اقبال چوہدری کی قیادت میں احتجاجی مظاہرہ۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/G8o6yexpDo
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

A 'peaceful' protest is also taking place at the iconic Bab-e-Khyber in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

ضلع خیبر جمرود باب خیبر کے مقام پر پرامن احتجاج مظاہرہ۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن_ pic.twitter.com/qWMcMAdTV6
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

Earlier, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar announced nationwide protests will be held after Friday prayers and that demonstrations will continue until the demand of PTI Chairman Imran Khan is met.

The PTI senior leader took to his Twitter handle to make the announcement just a day after the party chief escaped an assassination attempt.

“Today, after the Friday prayer, there will be a protest in the whole country. Until Imran Khan's demand is met, nationwide protests will continue,” Umar said in the tweet.

آج نماز جمعہ کے بعد تمام ملک میں احتجاج ہو گا. جب تک عمران خان کا مطالبہ پورا نہیں ہوتا، ملک گیر احتجاج جاری رہے گا
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 4, 2022

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also announced the party’s plan and said in a tweet that the party has called for a nationwide strike after Friday prayers, further urging every Pakistani to participate in this protest.

تحریک انصاف نے نماز جمعہ کے بعد ملک گیر ہڑتال کی کال دی ہے، ہر پاکستانی اس احتجاج میں شرکت کرے #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 4, 2022

Former human rights minister and senior party leader Shireen Mazari demanded that assassination planners, that the PTI chief has named, must be sacked.

Imran Khan is our Red Line. The assassination planners he has named must immed resign or be sacked. Btw was it a mere coincidence that there was a dark shadow in Gujranwala during time of assassination attempt on IK? #ResignShahbazSharif #SackGeneralFaisal #SackRanaSana
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 4, 2022

Earlier today, Khyber and Mohmand districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) saw huge crowds in the streets protesting against the assassination attempt.

Protest continues in Khyber! pic.twitter.com/6TpKpwkRUY
— PTI Politics. (@PTIPoliticsss) November 4, 2022

Protest is also underway in Sindh's Umarkot against the assassination attempt on the PTI chief.

عمرکوٹ سندھ میں پاکستان کی واحد قومی لیڈر عمران خان پر قاتلانہ حملے کے خلاف احتجاج۔ #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے #حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ#پاکستان_مارچ#SackGeneralFaisal#ریڈ_لائن_کراس_ہوگئی pic.twitter.com/hakkGwE1dc
— LAL MALHI (@LALMALHI) November 4, 2022

PTI Islamabad’s Twitter handle had also shared points where the protests will take place in the city.

قائد عمران خان پر بزدلانہ حملے کے خلاف آج بعد از نماز جمعہ اسلام آباد میں ان مقامات پر احتجاج ہوگا
📍نزد فیض السلام مدرسہ فیض آباد
📍بہارہ کہو ٹول پلازہ سے آگے سلکھیتر
📍روات
📍سنگ جانی
📍خواتین پریس کلب کے سامنے احتجاجی مظاہرہ کریں گی#عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے
— PTI Islamabad (@PTIOfficialISB) November 4, 2022

Imran to address nation shortly

Chairman Imran Khan was expected address the nation at 4pm today, according to the party’s Peshawar division Twitter handle. However, the address could not began at the given time. It is expected at any time later in the evening.

The former prime minister will address the nation for the first time after he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during the party’s long march in Punjab’s Wazirabad yesterday.

عمران خان 4 بجے قوم سے خطاب کریں گے،#عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے pic.twitter.com/PvC3SIfcr8
— PTI Peshawar (@PTIPeshawar) November 4, 2022

'Imran more determined'

Former foreign minister and PTI Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he met Imran Khan last night when he was brought into the recovery room after the operation.

Talking to the ARY News, Qureshi furthered that the PTI chief is more determined and confident than before and said that Imran knew that he could be attacked.

Vice Chairman @SMQureshiPTI talks to ARY regarding assassination attempt on Imran Khan. #عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لاین_ہے #SackGeneralFaisal pic.twitter.com/xYFVzMXpLe
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 4, 2022

“He [Imran Khan] knew that he could be attacked… that a plot of an attack was being made to eliminate him but he is so brave that he decided to continue his march,” the ex-minister said.

Qureshi also said that the deposed premier has clarity on who he wants to name for the assassination attempt and that the party has decided to register a first information report (FIR) against them.

It is pertinent to note that in a video statement, accompanied by a fellow party member and provincial minister Aslam Iqbal, Umar had disclosed that both of them had a conversation with Imran after the attack and the PTI chief had revealed that he already had information about it.

The former minister had said the PTI chief was certain that the men who had planned the attack were Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a military official.

Capital police form treatment squads

In wake of the call for protest from PTI, the Islamabad police have formed treatment squads against those who may spread unrest, block roads or create chaos during the demonstrations.

The capital police have given the squads the police code of 'First Aid'. Under the code, those causing disorder, vandalism or blockade of roads will be punished with first degree, which includes four to six canes from the waist down.

The police have formed 100 such 'First Aid' treatment squads in which four to six young policemen have been included.

Moreover, IG Islamabad has informed subordinate officers about the comprehensive strategy to keep the roads open in the capital and all the arrangements have been completed in the sub-jail CIA centre.

Police forces will also be on high alert and patrolling major entry and exit points in urban areas.

Rashid announces protest venue

A procession came out from Lal Haveli under the leadership of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief and PTI ally Sheikh Rashid against the attack on the PTI chief .

The participants will march up to Rawalpindi’s Committee Chowk.

Earlier, Rashid announced that a demonstration against the attack on Imran will take place outside Lal Haveli.

The former interior minister had made the comments as he appeared in a high court in a case of sloganeering against the PML-N leadership in Saudi Arabia.

“I will talk about politics today at 2 PM. We have to save this country and take it towards betterment,” he said.

اسلام آبادکو گونتا موبےجیل بنادیاگیاہےجوجیل ہمارےلیےکل بنائی ہےاس میں انھوں نےاور77وزرانےرہناہےعمران خان پےحملہ کرنےوالےایک سےزیادہ منظم سازش کےآلہ کار تھےاگر عمران خان کو کچھ ہوجاتا تو پاکستان ہی نہیں خطےکی سیاست بھی بدل جاتی آج 2 بجے لال حویلی میں احتجاجی جلسے سےخطاب کروں گا
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) November 4, 2022

Lawyers protest

Lawyers in Punjab observed a strike in District Kachhari on an appeal of the Punjab Bar Council. As a result, all courtrooms were empty after 10am.

They boycotted court proceedings and hearings of cases were adjourned without a proceeding.

The former prime minister had sustained a bullet wound to his leg after an armed attack on his container, as he led the Pakistan PTI’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March’ in Wazirabad on Thursday.

One person died in the incident, while several members of the PTI chairman’s close circle, including Senator Faisal Javaid, former Sindh governor Imran Ismail, Ahmad Chattha and Imran Yousaf, were injured, party sources said.

PTI supporters took to the streets in protest hours after the assassination attempt on the party chief on day 7 of the long march.

Read Social media reacts to targeted attack on Imran Khan

Angry protesters attacked the residence of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in his hometown of Faisalabad. Protesters also took to the streets in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and other parts of the country.

The PTI protesters clashed with police at Faizabad Interchange in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The capital police used heavy tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters, while a woman was detained.

Former ruling party workers, led by Punjab Minister Fayyaz Chauhan and National Assembly Member Sadaqat Abbasi also staged protests on Murree Road, Peshawar Road, GT Road, Kalar Saedaan Road and at other places.

Also Read Political assassinations: have we learnt any lessons?

The National Highways and Motorway Police said that PTI workers staged protests by burning tyres in Rawat, Gujar Khan, Suhawa, Wah Cantt and other places.

As soon as the news about the gun attack on Imran’s convoy spread, PTI workers came out on roads in Peshawar. Some provincial ministers and assembly members also joined them.

The workers marched from Hashtnagari to the Assembly Chowk. Angry marchers also attacked a police armoured vehicle during the protest, however, traffic continued on GT Road and Khyber Road continued to ply.

This will be updated…


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