PTI changes venue for Sialkot rally after Christian community's protest

PTI changes venue for Sialkot rally after Christian community's protest

Sialkot (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced to change venue of public rally to VIP ground after Christian community refused to give permission for using CTI ground.

Addressing a press conference, PTI's Punjab president Shafqat Mahmood announced that the rally will now be held at the VIP cricket ground, some five kilometres away, the in a press conference.

Early in the morning, police launched a crackdown on the PTI’s activists and got the rally venue vacated.

PTI leader Usman Dar and score of PTI workers arrived at the ground and started preparations for a rally, upon which police launched a crackdown and arrested Usman Dar and many other party workers.

Following police action, many PTI workers showed resistance, however police baton-charged and used tear gas to disperse PTI workers.

Talking to newsmen Usman Dar said that a peaceful rally was their right, adding that former prime minister Imran Khan would visit Sialkot today.

Deputy Commissioner Sialkot Imran Qureshi said that the PTI was stopped from holding a public meeting at the CTI ground on the request of the Christian community.

He said that permission is required for holding a public meeting in a private place.

The DPO said that the Christian community had approached the Lahore High Court (LHC).

He added that the police took action on court orders to stop the PTI from holding the rally.

"We are ready to give PTI an alternate place for public gathering," the DPO said.

Later, PTI leader Usman Dar and other party workers were released after party leadership changed venue of public rally.