Pakistan, Lahore News : PTI and PAT workers are ready for the Azadi March and likely to departs from Lahore towards Islamabad. PTI Chief Imran Khan and PAT Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri leading the march.
Authorities in Islamabad and Lahore have taken significant measures to try to thwart the planned anti-government protest marches, which are due to depart from Lahore this morning.
PTI chief Imran Khan and chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Tahir-ul-Qadri, are holding their protest over alleged rigging in last year’s general elections.
In Lahore, a large number of workers have gathered at PAT secretariat in Model Town to leave for Islamabad, however, police have sealed the area from all sides with containers. Authorities have refused to give a clear route to the marchers.
The provincial government has imposed section-144 for six days to ban public gatherings.
At Khan’s home in Zaman Town of Lahore, protesters were chanting, listening to music and preparing to set off on the 370-km journey form Lahore to Islamabad which is completely sealed.
More than 20,000 police and security forces have been deployed around Islamabad and almost all roads into the city have been blocked by the authorities with barbed wire and shipping containers.