Azadi March: As Imran’s caravan enters Islamabad, govt authorises deployment of army in Red Zone – Pakistan

As PTI Chairman Imran Khan entered Islamabad within the early hours of Thursday and marched in direction of D-Chowk, the federal authorities authorised the deployment of the military in Red Zone to “protect important government buildings”.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah tweeted a notification saying the federal government was “pleased to authorise the deployment” of the military in Red Zone underneath Article 245 of the Constitution.

Among the buildings that can be protected are the Supreme Court, Parliament House, Prime Minister House, Presidency, Pakistan Secretariat and Diplomatic enclaves,” the notification mentioned.

With Imran’s convoy, which started the journey from Swabi’s Wali Interchange, en path to D-Chowk by way of the Srinagar Highway, a batch of his social gathering staff and supporters are already current within the face of intense police shelling.

Earlier, throughout a short stopover in Hasan Abdal roughly 50 kilometres away from the capital, Imran reiterated that he and his supporters wouldn’t vacate D-Chowk till a date for brand new elections was introduced by the “imported government”.

  • Imran Khan’s convoy from KP enters Islamabad
  • Supporters requested to achieve Islamabad’s D-Chowk, take out rallies of their respective cities
  • PTI activists conflict with Punjab police; Ali Asjad Malhi, Jamshed Cheema amongst arrested
  • Dr Yasmin Rashid’s car comes underneath assault; windshield smashed at Lahore’s Bati Chowk
  • Dr Rashid and Andaleeb Abbas briefly detained afterwards
  • Activists power their approach by way of roadblocks in Lahore
  • PTI south KP convoy led by Ali Amin Gandapur enters Punjab
  • Shelling at Attock as protesters attempt to take away transport containers with a crane
  • Imran and govt garbage discuss of a deal
  • One batch of PTI supporters make it to D-Chowk; Imran’s caravan enters Islamabad
  • Army to be deployed in Red Zone to guard essential installations

The PTI chief claimed that when his caravan reaches its vacation spot, the police would additionally come to grasp that his mission is about “jihad and not politics”. Later, a video shared on PTI’s official account confirmed police officers waving and welcoming Imran’s caravan on its approach to D-Chowk.

Police accused of utilizing expired tear gasoline on ladies, kids

Earlier, because the PTI’s Azadi March started, tensions in Punjab rose after police made use of tear gasoline and arrested a number of PTI marchers in cities throughout the province as activists tried to take away transport containers blocking routes to Islamabad.

Senior journalist Hamir Mir, on his Twitter account, claimed to have obtained a message from PTI chief Dr Shireen Mazari through which she claimed that the tear gasoline fired on ladies and youngsters by the police was “expired”.

“Use of expired tear gas is not only violation of court orders but it’s a terrorism against Pakistani citizens by Rana Sanaullah,” he quoted Mazari as saying. Mazari retweeted Mir’s tweet in an obvious affirmation of her declare.

Imran urges ‘all Pakistanis’ to take to the streets

Meanwhile, in an earlier video message, Imran requested “all Pakistanis” to take to the streets of their respective cities and mentioned individuals heading to Islamabad should attain D-Chowk.

“I will make it there in a couple of hours.” He additionally appealed to ladies and youngsters to come back out of their houses for “real independence”. Imran mentioned it was “good news” that the Supreme Court had determined that nobody can be arrested in the course of the march.

“Your collective presence will send a message across Pakistan that the nation has rejected this imported government.”

Earlier, round 6pm, the principle convoy from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which incorporates Imran, was capable of enter Punjab from Attock after efficiently eradicating barricades positioned by the Punjab authorities on the Attock bridge to cease marchers from coming into the province.

Some outstanding PTI leaders, together with Fawad Chaudhry and Shireen Mazari, additionally urged supporters to make their approach to the capital’s D-Chowk, saying that each one containers and blockades on the way in which had been eliminated.

There have been studies of intense shelling in Islamabad’s Blue Area, with tv footage exhibiting smoke rising from the bottom and fires within the inexperienced belts adjoining to important roads. The authorities claimed that the PTI supporters had set the fires whereas the declare from the PTI camp was that the fires have been a results of police shelling. Neither declare may very well be independently verified.

These developments got here a day after the PTI chairman exhorted his supporters to embark on their march for “true freedom” in direction of Islamabad as the federal government mentioned it might not permit the march. In response, Imran had known as on the youth to take away the obstacles themselves.

Imran had earlier right this moment arrived on the Wali Interchange in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by helicopter. Footage of Imran arriving on the interchange confirmed PTI activists converging on the chopper.

Later, he departed for Islamabad from the Wali Interchange, from the place the PTI tweeted a photograph of him waving to supporters atop a truck adorned with social gathering colors.

Imran additionally urged protesters to hold the Pakistani flag, calling right this moment’s march a “defining moment” for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, web disruptions have been reported throughout Pakistan within the night.

‘No blockade can cease us’

After reaching Swabi, Imran, holding a Pakistan flag, delivered a speech to supporters saying that “we are going to D-Chowk and no one can stop us” as the group cheered.

Calling the incumbent authorities a “group of thieves”, he termed them essentially the most corrupt individuals within the nation and mentioned that they have been afraid of the plenty which was why that they had positioned containers.

He mentioned protesters have been being detained and harassed as they participated within the Azadi March. Addressing politicians of the ruling coalition, Imran mentioned that the PTI authorities didn’t bar any of them from staging protests because it “did not fear the people”.

He asserted that the federal government was afraid as that they had been plundering nationwide wealth for the previous 30 years. “I want to give these people a message from Swabi Interchange: whatever you do, we will cross all obstacles and reach D-Chowk. Our protest will be peaceful as it has always been.”

Imran maintained that staging a protest was the social gathering’s proper, including that he would unite the nation and make it a nation. “This nation does not accept this imported government,” he declared, calling on the individuals to come back out for what he has described of late as a “jihad” for “true freedom”.

“All Pakistanis, women, children, families, youth, lawyers, retired army officers, everyone has to come out for real independence,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, different social gathering leaders departed from their respective places, with Hammad Azhar, Yasmin Rashid and a few others from Lahore, whereas Shahid Khattak departed from Karak. PTI’s Fayyazul Hasan Chohan may very well be seen on tv footage departing for Islamabad on a bike.

‘Absolutely no’ deal, say Imran and govt

Meanwhile, authorities spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb and Imran rubbished information studies of a deal among the many two events.

Aurangzeb mentioned no settlement was reached between the federal authorities and the PTI. “News of negotiations and agreement between the government and PTI is baseless”. She added that no settlement may very well be reached with an “armed group that martyred a police personnel”.

About half an hour later, Imran too rubbished the studies as “rumours and deliberate disinformation”. “Absolutely not!” He mentioned the social gathering was transferring in direction of Islamabad and would stay within the capital till “dates for dissolution of assemblies and elections are given”. He additionally urged supporters from Islamabad and Rawalpindi to embark on the march.

Teams shaped on SC orders to carry talks: Sanaullah

At a press convention, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah mentioned that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif “must have formed a negotiation team” by now in gentle of the Supreme Court order on a petition filed by the PTI earlier within the day. He mentioned the PTI had already shaped its staff led by Dr Babar Awan. The minister mentioned the scenario in Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh was comparatively peaceable, including it was simply KP the place protesters have been utilizing state equipment and heading in direction of Islamabad.

He mentioned the federal government would abide by the court docket’s order for upholding peace and the regulation and order scenario within the nation.

Sanaullah mentioned police had carried out a complete of 4,417 swoops on PTI supporters’ houses, places of work and on protest rallies and had arrested practically 1,700 individuals. Of these, 250 have been freed after they submitted affidavits that that they had nothing to do with the protest march, he mentioned.

The inside minister mentioned the PTI’s march had failed because it couldn’t collect the help the social gathering’s management was claiming. According to him, just a few hundred individuals had come out in help of PTI at varied locations in Punjab, including that he was “embarrassed” on the measures he had requested forces to take as a result of “we had been deceived by their tall claims”.

The minister apologised to the individuals for inflicting disruption of their day by day lives.

Maryam says march has failed

Meanwhile, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz claimed that the PTI had approached the federal government twice for talks. She mentioned PTI leaders Pervez Khattak and Fawad Chaudhry had approached the federal government yesterday and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Khattak right this moment at 10am.

Addressing a press convention in Lahore, she claimed the PTI had requested for an election date to “save face and get a safe exit since the people hadn’t responded to the march’s call as per the PTI’s expectations”.

Maryam claimed that the turnout for the PTI’s march was low and had unnecessarily consumed the federal government’s power and a focus which was anticipating an even bigger response.

She additionally alleged that Imran was attempting to create division and discord within the military.

Maryam’s declare of PTI approaching the federal government for talks was swiftly rejected by Fawad Chaudhry, who mentioned she was a “liar”, including that “there will be no negotiations now, just a showdown”.

Shelling at KP-Punjab border after cranes introduced to maneuver containers

Meanwhile, police fired tear gasoline at protesters close to the Chacch Interchange in Hazro city of Attock district. According to Dawn’s correspondent who was current on the scene, the protesters had introduced a crane and have been trying to take away the containers that have been blocking the way in which.

Footage from the scene confirmed protesters masking their faces and working from the scene as smoke billowed within the background after police fired tear gasoline shells in an try to disperse them.

“We are peaceful and were trying to remove the hurdles when Punjab police resorted to tear gas shelling,” PTI employee Shabir Ahmed mentioned, including that the protesters wouldn’t return or transfer at any value.

Separately, the PTI had earlier tweeted that the social gathering’s south KP convoy, led by Ali Amin Gandapur, was “well on its way” in direction of Islamabad after the blockades confronted on the Punjab-KP border have been “crossed successfully”.

A day earlier Section 144 was invoked in Islamabad, Punjab and Sindh.

Jamshed Cheema held in Lahore; police attempt to nab Hammad Azhar

DawnNewsTV reported that police tried to arrest Hammad Azhar in Lahore. Footage confirmed scuffles between supporters and police as they tried to arrest Azhar, who may very well be seen sporting a purple cap in footage broadcast on TV.

After 1:50pm, the police resumed shelling and fired tear gasoline close to the Aiwan-e-Adal. Four legal professionals have been additionally arrested, whereas 10 to 12 automobiles have been reportedly broken. was capable of affirm that one other PTI chief, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, was arrested in Lahore and was moved to an undisclosed location. In a short video message, he mentioned they have been residing in a rustic of 220 million individuals and all of them would train their “democratic rights”.

Meanwhile, DawnNewsTV reported that Dr Rashid and Andaleeb Abbas have been arrested from Ravi Road and subsequently launched.

Earlier, footage emerged of police personnel charging at marchers at Lahore’s Bati chowk. Ten individuals have been arrested after the clashes. noticed footage of clashes and scuffles between the protesters and the policemen as activists converged within the space to start their march on Islamabad. The movies confirmed policemen stopping PTI supporters from transferring ahead and making use of tear gasoline.

According to the PTI’s official Twitter account, marchers have been additionally stopped on the Shahdara space.

In a later tweet, the social gathering mentioned the transport container positioned in Shahdara had been eliminated.

At the Niazi Chowk too, PTI staff eliminated impediments and marched ahead.

Meanwhile, one other PTI caravan led by Hammad Azhar managed to get throughout the obstacles and crossed Lahore. He was on GT Road on his approach to Islamabad.

Later within the night, Azhar shared a video of himself on Twitter with a lower on his eyebrow. He mentioned that as a substitute of firing tear gasoline shells into the air, officers have been throwing them at their faces.

Earlier within the day, when he was in Lahore, Azhar mentioned the impediments and containers on Bati Chowk, Ravi Bridge and Shahdara had been eliminated and the roads had been cleared by “the public”.

Later, Azhar mentioned Kala Shah Kaku, some 11km north of Ravi Bridge, was underneath “heavy shelling”.

Azhar’s rally had reached Muridke whereas the caravan led by Shafqat Mahmood had been caught to cross the Bati chowk.

In Lahore, the police additionally baton-charged protesters close to the Aiwan-e-Adal. The marchers have been, nevertheless, later dispersed. Clashes between the police and protesters have been additionally reported in different areas of Lahore akin to Islampura, Karim Park, Mohni street and Badami Bagh.

Later within the evening, PTI protesters, together with households and youngsters, had gathered at Lahore’s Liberty Chowk for a peaceable demonstration however police fired tear gasoline at them. Distressing footage from the world, shared on social media, confirmed kids crying and working away from the smoke.

Yasmin Rashid’s automobile comes underneath assault at Bati chowk

Yasmin Rashid in her car with a smashed windshield. —Muhammad Taimur

Separately, noticed footage exhibiting police stopping chief Yasmin Rashid’s car in Lahore. An alternate of phrases is also seen after police reportedly tried to yank out the important thing of the car she was travelling in.

Video aired by broadcasters confirmed police touchdown blows on a car — purportedly Rashid’s — because it tried to go by way of a cordon. A non-uniformed particular person along with his face coated is also seen within the footage, hitting the car forcefully.

Rashid in an announcement, mentioned the windshield of her car was damaged by the police. She mentioned that she confronted issue in leaving the world, however was now on the way in which to Islamabad. “This government has lost its senses. I am an 80-year-old woman. Why are they threatened of me? How is stopping a peaceful protest democratic?”

Rashid, who’s a most cancers survivor, added that regardless of every thing, the passion of the employees was at its peak.

Later, the PTI tweeted a video of the car with its windshield damaged as Rashid was within the driver’s seat.

In Lahore, the marchers had reached the Ravi Road interchange, some 362km from Islamabad.

DawnNewsTV reported roadblocks in Faisalabad, Gujranwala and different cities in Punjab, with shelling on PTI supporters attempting to cross these.

LHC orders launch of detained individuals

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered police to launch all detained individuals after acquiring an endeavor from them assuring they’d not take pleasure in any criminal activity or violate the regulation.

LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti issued the order whereas listening to a petition of PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhry and 6 others in opposition to the detention of social gathering leaders. Lahore Capital City Police Officer Bilal Siddique Kamyana instructed the court docket that the senator had not been taken into custody. Chaudhry’s counsel mentioned his shopper was launched after the court docket took discover of his arrest.

The chief justice remarked that the discharge of detained individuals was extra essential than the politics. He mentioned the police had been deployed for the safety of the general public, including the regulation enforcers had expressed apprehensions {that a} mob might vandalise public property as seen in protests up to now.

He additionally mentioned the ideas of politics weren’t being adopted.


A faceoff was reported between PTI supporters and the police in Gujranwala when the latter tried to cease them with barricades close to Khanki Headworks. However, the marchers compelled their approach by way of the obstructions and transfer forward.

The caravan, led by Chaudhry Ahmed Chatha, was on its approach to Islamabad.

According to PTI’s Gujranwala General Secretary, Tariq Gujjar, 150 individuals from the caravan have been taken into custody.

Ali Asjad Malhi arrested in Daska

On the opposite hand, PTI district president Ali Asjad Malhi left Daska with supporters in a caravan.

Earlier, the police raided Malhi’s home, the place social gathering leaders had gathered, and tried to arrest him underneath Section 144. Later, DawnNewsTV reported Malhi had been arrested.

Activists break by way of wall in Faisalabad

PTI supporters and the police additionally clashed on the Kamalpur Interchange in Faisalabad. The marchers, nevertheless, superior after breaking by way of the wall of the Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA).

Police officers additionally tried to cease the social gathering staff close to the motorway after which a scuffle broke out between each teams.

Other cities

Aside from Gujranwala, Sadhoke, Chenab Bridge, Khanki Headway and the town space have been utterly blocked.

At 1:32pm, PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that after shelling marchers, a shot had been fired on them in Mangla — a village located on the border of Kashmir and Jhelum — some 120km from Islamabad.

In one other video, Chaudhry, who’s allegedly caught on the Mangla bridge, mentioned that three PTI staff suffered extreme accidents because of shelling by the police. “Several cars have suffered damage too. The Punjab police entered the jurisdiction of Kashmir and shelled us,” he mentioned.

“But more people are coming. And I want to appeal to the people of Jhelum and Kashmir to join us at the Mangla bridge. We will head to Islamabad from here,” Chaudhry added.

Earlier, the previous data minister had mentioned that the Mangla bridge was blocked by the police.


Police blocked the Niazi Chowk in Bani Gala, a number of kilometres away from Imran’s residence, DawnNewsTV reported. The Islamabad police established a checkpost there, whereas roughly 2,000 Punjab cops have been posted.


Meanwhile, PTI supporters in Karachi began gathering close to the Numaish Chowrangi to “register their demand for immediate, free & fair elections”.

“Karachi is about to make its own Azadi Square as Kaptaan’s caravan and other rallies head towards Islamabad,” PTI tweeted.

In the night, police fired tear gasoline and baton-charged PTI protesters on the chowrangi after tons of of them gathered on the spot. Scores of protesters have been dispersed following police motion and have been compelled to hunt shelter in close by lanes. However, the protest hasn’t but been known as off.

Earlier, Karachi visitors police mentioned that the MA Jinnah Road from Capri Cinema in direction of Numaish Chowrangi had been blocked over “security reasons”. Corridor 3 has additionally been closed for visitors from the PPP Chowrangi.

Imran inbound

Ahead of Imran’s departure, he known as on all of Pakistan to affix his freedom march. He additionally launched a video assertion through which he mentioned that he’s beginning his march from Peshawar and reaching Wali Interchange. He urged his supporters to achieve Islamabad.

“I will lead the Azadi March caravan from there and God willing we will head to Islamabad from there. I want each and everyone to leave because this is a defining moment,” he added.

This is a growing story that’s being up to date because the scenario evolves. Initial studies within the media can typically be inaccurate. We will attempt to make sure timeliness and accuracy by counting on credible sources akin to involved, certified authorities and our workers reporters.

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