ISLAMABAD: Thousands of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists, workers, supporters and sympathisers have come to streets against the Election Commission of Pakistan verdict disqualifying Imram Khan from holding public office across the country.
Owing to the ECP decision the country has come into agitation as angry PTI workers started protests against the decision, seen as a massive political blow to Khan’s party.
Following the announcement of the verdict, chaotic scenes were witnessed outside the ECP office where enraged PTI workers converged in large numbers, chanting slogans against the government.
Faizabad area of capital Islamabad has become battle ground as clashes reported between thousands of the PTI activists and Police.
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Islamabad: The PTI activists tried to enter Islamabad from Faizabad but their clashes erupted with the Police deployed in the area.
The police personnel have fired tear gas shells to disperse the masses while the PTI protestors burnt tires.
According to police sources, three major arteries leading to Islamabad have been blocked by the district administrator to avoid any untoward incident.
The Islamabad traffic police advised commuters to use Peshawar Road or Lehtrar Road as Chungi No 26 and Athal Chowk in Bhara Kahu area have been closed to all types of traffic due to the protests and security concerns.
فسطائیت میں بوکھلائی ہوئی امپورٹڈ حکومت کی اسلام آباد میں ٹریفک جام پر بھی بدترین آنسو گیس شیلنگ جاری، گاڑیوں میں معصوم بچے، بزرگ اور خواتین بھی موجود۔— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 21, 2022
The PTI workers also blocked Islamabad Expressway and other avenues and roads of the Federal Capital.
The commuters faced hardships to reach their destination as massive traffic jams with long queues of vehicles was observed on the main avenues of Islamabad. The workers also set tyres ablaze at different points.
Till filing of this report, there was traffic mess in the city, with police contingents present at important locations to thwart any untoward incident.
In Peshawar, protesters blocked a road near Pir Zakordi bridge and another near Stadium Chowk. They also put traffic on hold after burning tyres on the Motorway near the toll plaza.
Meanwhile, in Karachi, protesters led by party leaders Ali Zaidi, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Mehmood Moulvi, and others staged a sit-in outside the Sindh ECP office.
Reportedly, PTI workers tried to force their way into the ECP building but were repelled by the police amid thunderous slogan-chanting.
In Charsadda protesters thronged the Farooq-e-Azam Chowk, where they were confronted by the ANP workers. Both sides shouted slogans against each other in the presence of a heavy contingent of police; however, no clash was reported.
Swabi also emerged on the protest map after PTI cohorts barricaded the Mardan and Jehangir roads for traffic. Life in Shabqadar was also reported to have suffered from the PTI protests.
However, part of Mardan was seen cheering Imran Khan’s disqualification by distributing sweets among each other. A poor labourer from Mardan in a video message said he was so happy that Khan was gone. “I am poor so I could only buy half a kg of sweetmeat,” the labourer said.
According to reports pouring in from Naushehra, hundreds of fuming Khan fans crowded at Shawera Chowk and recorded their protest, which is currently underway.
Moreover, Mangora Road in Swat has also been closed by the protesters.
PTI’s supporters have also kicked off a protest at Shahdra Chowk in Lahore. PTI’s women MNAs and MPA staged a sit-in at Jail Road, causing traffic jams in the area.
The workers also chanted slogans outside the Punjab Election Commission office to express their anger against Imran Khan’s disqualification.
PTI workers in Daska, Chiniot, Okara, Gujrat, Rawalpindi and other parts of Punjab are protesting against the verdict of ECP.
The PTI Balochistan chapter has also given a call for protest.
PTI youths blocked the M5 Motorway near Billiwala area in Multan’s suburbs, according to reports, while protesters sat in the middle of Delhi-Multan road in Vehari, bringing the heavy traffic to a halt.
Chinot also saw disturbance as agitation hit the city after Khan’s disqualification as PTI workers assembled outside DHQ office in Satellite Town to decry the decision.