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PTI members and police officers clash in Zaman Park over Imran’s arrest.


Party members began stoning police officers as they charged the crowds with batons; the Islamabad DIG was reportedly hurt.

Workers for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and police got into a fight on Tuesday in Lahore’s Zaman Park neighbourhood after a group of Islamabad police officers arrived at Imran Khan’s Lahore home in armoured vehicles to arrest the former premier after non-bailable warrants were issued against him in the ongoing Toshakhana (gift depository) case.

Those who were gathered outside the home were urged to “remain peaceful,” according to the party’s official Twitter account.

However, as the police started charging the crowds with batons, PTI workers reportedly started stoning police officers, turning Zaman Park into a battleground. Some PTI employees were reportedly detained as a result of police using water cannons to restrain them.

According to News point, the police have blocked all the roads leading to the neighbourhood and are joined by a sizable contingent of Lahore Police outside Imran’s home.

According to reports, clashes left Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Islamabad Shahzad Nadeem Bukhari hurt, who was then taken to Services Hospital for treatment.

Additionally, the PTI urged its members and supporters to organise nationwide demonstrations against Imran Khan’s upcoming arrest.

While Imran Khan and other PTI leaders urged their supporters to stage protests across the nation, the party’s supporters began demonstrations in Lahore, particularly at Liberty Chowk, Babu Sabu Interchange, and Mall Road.

All of the city’s major roads experienced traffic interruptions as a result of the protests and police-imposed detours. As a result of the heavy traffic on Canal Road, Ferozpur Road, Multan Road, Jail Road, Band Road, and other thoroughfares, commuters experienced extreme pressure and inconvenience while trying to reach their destinations.

Protest in Karachi

In Karachi, there were a number of planned and sporadic protests, with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members blocking streets and causing traffic jams in different parts of the city.

According to the PTI chapter in Karachi, protests were being held at at least 14 different locations throughout the city. In the South district, they include Teen Talwar and Shaheen Complex; in the Central district, Hyderi; in the West district, Mauripur Road; and in Landhi, the Dawood roundabout.

There were demonstrations in Hassan Square, the East district neighbourhoods of Qayyumabad and Rashid Minhas Road, and the Star Gate neighbourhood, which is part of Faisal Cantonment and connects to the airport. One of the main entrances to the Super Highway, the Sohrab Goth, saw protests as well.

According to PTI, Shahnawaz Jadoon, an MPA, was detained during a demonstration at the Native Jetty Bridge.

Following the dispersal of protesters who had blocked the road by protesters, the road to Numaish was reopened for traffic.

According to reports, police used tear gas to scatter demonstrators at the Five Star roundabout.

Significant traffic disruptions resulted from protesters blocking roads with trucks and burning tyres on major thoroughfares.

Around six o’clock in the evening, protests broke out in Karachi, leaving workers waiting for hours on University Road, Hassan Square, and Qayyumabad.

PTI employees protested in front of the Press Club in Peshawar. In addition, they demonstrated at the Assembly roundabout.

PTI employees in Rawalpindi were told to go to Committee Chowk to hold a protest march.

In Faisalabad, the PTI workers staged a protest demonstration at Samundri Road.

In the meantime, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police announced in a statement that those preventing the execution of the court orders regarding the arrest of Imran Khan would face legal repercussions.

According to an Islamabad Police spokesperson, a team of ICT Police officers has been in Lahore since yesterday to comply with court orders, and the Punjab Police is providing it with support.

He said the Deputy Inspector General (Operations) and the Senior Superintendent of Police were safe.

To ensure adherence to the arrest warrant, DIG Bukhari earlier arrived at the scene with an armoured vehicle and a police team.

Two police officers held up signs with copies of arrest warrants pasted on them and a statement about receiving notices.

DIG Bukhari declined to respond when asked what the accusations against Imran were, only saying that he was carrying out the warrant. He also said that the location of Imran’s arrest would be made known to the media.

Farrukh Habib, the leader of the PTI, also shared video from Zaman Park and asserted that Imran’s “life was in danger.” He also said that circumstances are being created so as to retarget the former prime minister.

The F-8 courthouse in Islamabad, according to Habib, was a “death trap” for Imran. The PTI leader added that everyone is aware of the numerous warrants issued and the police’s efforts to apprehend Imran.

Imran’s earlier request for an exemption from appearing in court was denied by an Islamabad sessions court, which reinstated his non-bailable arrest warrant in the Toshakhana criminal case.

Further Sessions The verdict was announced by Judge Zafar Iqbal, who also gave the former prime minister until March 18 to appear in court.

Imran requests that his supporters “carry on the fight”

Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has meanwhile made an impassioned appeal to his supporters, imploring them to defend their rights and “continue the struggle” even if he is detained or killed.

He claimed that in a video message posted to social media, the authorities thought that the country would become uninterested in his arrest. “My fellow Pakistanis, the police are waiting to take me into custody outside. They think that if Imran Khan is imprisoned, the country will doze off. You must disprove their claims. You need to demonstrate the viability of this country, he said.

The importance of the Pakistani nation, which Imran emphasised was founded on the principles of “La illaha Illalah,” was further emphasised by him (there is only one God).

“This nation was founded on the tenets and creed of La illaha Illalah, and it is the Ummah of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). You need to stand up and fight for your liberties, he advised.

He urged Pakistanis to fight for their rights and genuine freedom, saying that he had fought this battle his entire life and would do so in the future.

He did, however, issue a warning that in the event that something happened to him, his supporters must continue the struggle and never submit to the tyranny of the “thieves” making decisions for the nation, especially the one man who holds the position of power.

“I have everything God has given me, and I’m fighting this battle for you. I’ve been fighting this battle my entire life, and I will keep fighting it,” he declared.

“But you must demonstrate that this country will continue fighting if something bad happens to me, if I’m imprisoned, or if they kill me. You must never put up with these thieves’ tyranny, especially that of the one man who is in charge of national policy.

Alvi is concerned for Imran’s safety and respectability.

President Arif Alvi expressed his sadness over today’s events on Twitter. Unhealthy politics of retribution. Poor priorities of govt of a country that should focus on economic misery of the people. Is the political landscape being destroyed?” he questioned.

Like all politicians, he claimed to be concerned for Imran Khan’s safety and dignity.

Imran is advised by Nawaz to accept his arrest with “honour.”

Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N and a former prime minister, mocked Imran Khan for attempting to avoid arrest by joking that “if there was a person full of bravery and honour in his place, he would have drowned in shame instead of putting on this circus show [outside his residence]”.

Instead of being accused of cowardice and dishonour, “he would have left politics,” the speaker continued.


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