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Pakistan

PTI supporters block roads in new protest

  • Also block highway to Islamabad's international airport and ones linking the capital to cities of Lahore and Peshawar
Published November 8, 2022

Supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan blocked roads near the capital on Tuesday, disrupting traffic and forcing schools to close, as they protested against a bid to assassinate their leader at a recent anti-government rally.

Imran, who has been pressing for a general election since he was ousted as prime minister after losing a confidence vote in parliament in April, was shot at the rally last Thursday. He is recovering from leg wounds.

"People are finding it very hard to go to work," said police official Yawar Ali.

"Families have been stuck in the traffic for hours.

"We've even got reports that the protesters have not let ambulances pass."

Imran Khan stable after being injured in assassination attempt during PTI long march

Imran's successor as prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, has rejected his demand for new polls and the deadlock has stoked instability in a country already reeling due to an economic crisis, which was further aggravated due to devastating floods.

Imran's supporters began their protests on major roads around Islamabad late on Monday. They have blocked the highway to Islamabad's international airport and the ones linking the capital to the cities of Lahore and Peshawar.

Television footage showed supporters burning tyres as they set up protest camps across roads.

The government ordered all state and private schools to shut for the day, according to an order seen by Reuters.

Imran, 70, launched what is known as a long-march protest rally from Lahore to the capital on Oct. 28.

Imran Khan discharged from hospital

He was waving to the crowd from a container mounted on a truck in Wazirabad city in Punjab province last Thursday when a man fired several shots at him.

Imran was among 10 wounded people. One party worker was killed.

Police have arrested the suspected shooter.

PTI announced late on Monday that the march would resume on Thursday at the place where the party chairman was attacked, and he would lead it virtually.

The political tension comes as Pakistan is grappling with economic turmoil exacerbated by recent flooding that the government estimates caused economic losses worth $30 billion.

FIR registered in Wazirabad

Following Supreme Court’s orders, a first information report (FIR) of gun attack on Khan during PTI’s long march was registered on Monday in City Police Station, Wazirabad.

Reportedly, prime suspect Naveed, who was arrested from the spot, is the only person who has been nominated in the case registered under various charges including terrorism, murder and attempt to murder.

The FIR has been sealed and will be presented before the top court in line with the Supreme Court’s orders.

FIR registered in Wazirabad

Zubair Niazi, a relative of PTI chief Imran Khan and general-secretary of PTI Lahore chapter, had lodged a complaint before the concerned station house officer (SHO) to register an FIR against the prime minister, interior minister, and a senior military officer named by Imran as suspects in the assassination attempt.

However, the FIR is said to have been registered on the complaint of police.

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Kashif ALI Nov 08, 2022 03:05pm
In the name of democratic rights, such so called peaceful protests are unacceptable which lead to disruption of life. Protestors must be dispersed by force.
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MKA Nov 08, 2022 03:21pm
Too much coverage to insignificant hooligans.
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Pakistani1 Nov 08, 2022 04:24pm
The leadership of PTI has one aim. To rule Pakistan. In the process they are doing irreparable damage to the country suffering from economic crisis and floods.
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rana altaf Nov 08, 2022 05:07pm
Fact Sheet Investigation Report Rebirth of Noor Jahan Imran Khan wife wants to install her own army chief as she installed chief minister buzdar. The same merit criteria like a person who just joined pti and from bottom first position in seniority. Means zero seniority. Because he was never been in PTI means even no seniority from bottom. She want to do corruption throgh like ghogi type friends and her friends get nro on the name of construction package Soon you will see her family become very rich. After using imran khan she will get back to pavilion. She know how to use Imran Khan
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