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Government  decides to stop PTI’s long march


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ISLAMABAD:– Federal Cabinet has decided to stop long march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and reiterated that government will ensure safety of public’s lives and properties.

Federal cabinet has also decided to not allow anyone to bring Islamabad to a standstill.

Meanwhile, Police Committee chaired by PM Shehbaz Sharif, also decided not to compromise on the state’s writ.

The committee was also of the view that these rallies can destroy economy and daily wagers will be directly be affected by this.

It was also decided that those who break the law will be held accountable for their acts while all avenues will be kept open for the public interest.

After the imposition of section 144 in Sindh, Punjab and Islamabad on Tuesday imposed section 144.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Attaullah Tarar said in a press conference that we are imposing section 144 in Punjab.

Meanwhile, routes and transport towards Islamabad from Punjab is closed.

Sindh government has also imposed section 144 across the province for a period of one month.Meetings, processions, rallies and public gatherings will be banned across Sindh. Violations will be prosecuted under section 144.

Government has sealed entry and exit points of provincial capital of Punjab.

The police have closed Ravi River bridge with containers and close Lahore-Islamabad routes including Motorway and GT Road have also been closed with heavy contingent of police stationed at Thokar Niaz Baig and Babu Sabu interchange.

Authorities have also closed Sagian Bridge with a tractor-trolley.

Police conduct raids at PTI leaders’ houses, arrest dozens of PTI workers

Punjab police launched a crackdown against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders and workers ahead of PTI long march during which one man and dozens of PTI workers were taken into custody, Dunya News reported on Monday.

Police raided the PTI leader and former federal minister Hammad Azhar residence in Abu Bakar Block New Gardan Town Lahore on late Monday night to arrest him.

Police allegedly used ladder to enter the house of Hammad Azhar. However, police failed in its attempt to arrest Hammad Azhar as he was not present at home at the time of police raid. Police arrested several PTI workers from outside Hammad Azhar’s house.

In Lahore, police also raided PTI leader Mian Aslam Iqbal and arrested his brother Mian Afzal Iqbal. The residences of Senator Ijaz Chaudhry, Senator Waleed Iqbal, MPA Saadia Sohail and PTI leader Jamshaid Cheema were also raided by police.

In Sialkot, police raided the houses of PTI leaders Firdous Ashiq Awan and Usman Dar to arrest them but they were not present at their residences at the time of police raid.

Police also reached the Lal Havaili, the residence of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, to arrest Sheikh Rashid and his nephew MNA Rashid Shafique but police returned empty handed as both the leaders were not present there.

Police also raided former provincial law minister Raja Bisharat residence but he was not present there. Raja Bisharat in a video message after the police raid said that the PTI long march cannot be stopped.

Police also reached the residence of PTI leader Babar Awan in Islamabad and returned empty handed after questioning his servants.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, while reacting to police raids in Punjab and federal capital Islamabad, said that that these fascist steps of the government will push the country into a state of anarchy, Dunya News reported.

Imran Khan in his messages of Twitter said that the peaceful protest is the right of all our citizens. The brutal crackdown on PTI leaders and workers in Punjab and Islamabad has once again shown us what we are familiar with — the fascist nature of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) when in power.

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