Islamabad (Web Desk): The Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters on Friday launched nationwide protest against the gun attack on party chief and former premier Imran Khan.
According to reports, PTI supporters gathered near the Peshawar Toll Plaza to protest against the assassination attempt on party chief.
The protesters chanted slogans against the government, saying that the Constitution gives them the right to peaceful protest.
The police started tear gas shelling at Faizabad Interchange as PTI supporters pelted stones at the security officials.
The Islamabad Police said that PTI protesters have “held traffic hostage”.
In a tweet, it called on protesters are to not set fire to vehicles.
It also called upon the authorities in Rawalpindi, which falls under the PTI-allied Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) provincial government, to stop the pelting of stones.
“Rawalpindi authorities have been repeatedly requested to stop the stone pelting on behalf of Rawalpindi,” it said. “Stone pelting in the presence of public representatives is a sad thing.”
مظاہرین نے ٹریفک کو یرغمال بنایا ہوا ہے. مظاہرین سےگذارش ہےکہ گاڑیوں کا آگ مت لگائیں۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) November 4, 2022
راولپنڈی انتظامیہ سے بار بار گذارش کی جا رہی ہے کہ راولپنڈی کی جانب سے پتھراؤ کو روکیں۔
عوامی نمائندوں کی موجودگی میں پتھراؤ ایک افسوسناک امر ہے ۔#ICTP
In Lahore, protesters burnt tyres outside the Governor House while some demonstrators tried to break into the building and broke CCTV cameras.
A clash between the police and protesters was reported as well.
PTI supporters in Karachi are also protesting against the attempted assassination of party chief Imran Khan outside the Insaf House at Nursery today.
They have said that the demonstration would continue until Imran’s demands are accepted.
According to television reports, the police were trying to prevent protesters from reaching Metropole, and demonstrators had pelted stones.
The PTI Karachi account also shared a video of protesters in Karachi facing “police brutality”.
Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri lead a protest at Quetta's Manan Chowk against the attack on Imran Khan. The protesters shouted slogans against the federal government.
Earlier, In a tweet, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar wrote that nationwide protests will be held after Friday prayers today and that demonstrations will continue until the demand of PTI Chairman Imran Khan is met.
“Today, after the Friday prayer, there will be a protest in the whole country. Until Imran Khan's demand is met, nationwide protests will continue,” Umar said.
آج نماز جمعہ کے بعد تمام ملک میں احتجاج ہو گا. جب تک عمران خان کا مطالبہ پورا نہیں ہوتا، ملک گیر احتجاج جاری رہے گا— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 4, 2022
Former federal minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also announced the party’s plan.
In a post on Twitter, he said that and said the party has called for a nationwide strike after Friday prayers, further urging every Pakistani to participate in this protest.
تحریک انصاف نے نماز جمعہ کے بعد ملک گیر ہڑتال کی کال دی ہے، ہر پاکستانی اس احتجاج میں شرکت کرے #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 4, 2022
PTI chief Imran Khan and several party members were injured while a party activist was killed in firing incident at former premier's container during his “Azadi March” in Wazirabad, on Thursday.
PTI Senator Faisal Javed, party leaders Umar Dar and Ahmed Chattah, are also among the people injured in the incident while a citizen, identified as 42-year-old Moazzam, died on the spot.