ISLAMABAD: After Imran Khan’s announcement to reach D-Chowk today, D-Chowk has been closed with containers from all sides.
All roads leading to D-Chowk have also been sealed off, while containers and trucks have been parked on the roads in various cities to stop the PTI’s long march.
Roads from Lahore and Peshawar to Islamabad have been closed due to obstructions on GT Road and Motorways and a large number of police personnel have been deployed.
Faizabad Interchange Rawalpindi has also been sealed while routes from Rawalpindi to Islamabad are also likely to be closed.
In Lahore, the police have set up barricades at various places to stop the PTI workers. The PTI workers have reached Bati Chowk to remove the obstacles.
When the PTI members started removing the barricades at Bati Chowk area of GT Road, a clash broke out between the workers and the police and the police fired tear gas at the PTI workers.
PTI workers want to remove obstacles and go to Ravi Bridge which has been closed by the administration with containers. However, the police stopped the workers about 100 meters before Ravi Bridge.
Police refused to allow Dr Yasmeen Rashid to proceed towards Bati Chowk, which he refused and Dr PTI leader continued to drive the vehicle.
When Dr. Yasmeen Rashid tried to push the vehicle forward, the policemen charged a heavy stick at his vehicle, which also broke the windscreen of his vehicle.
The government have called police, Rangers and FC for Islamabad and the red zone has been sealed. Gatherings of more than five people have been banned in Punjab, Sindh and the federal capital Islamabad.
The Punjab government has arrested local leaders of various cities and dozens of activists, including PTI leaders Mahmood Rasheed and Senator Ijaz Chaudhry, under the MPO, while raids are being carried out on their homes to arrest other leaders.