Long March LIVE : Imran Khan enters Islamabad; govt deploys army in red zoneAbdul Gh Lone 26 May 2022 0 COMMENTS
ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan’s caravan finally reached Islamabad as a part of his party’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March’, the federal government authorized deployment of army in the capital’s red zone to “protect important government buildings”.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah tweeted a notification saying the government was “pleased to authorise the deployment” of the army in Red Zone under Article 245 of the Constitution.
Among the buildings that will be protected are the Supreme Court, Parliament House, Prime Minister House, Presidency, Pakistan Secretariat and Diplomatic enclaves,” the notification states.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 25, 2022
Imran Khan’s supporters and party workers have already reached the capital’s famous D-Chowk and have been waiting for their leader amid police brutality.
— Dr Arslan Khalid (@arslankhalid_m) May 25, 2022
Earlier, police officials rained tear gas on party workers and supporters numerous times.
Due to heavy tear gas shelling, PTI leader Aliya Hamza Malik, Munawara Bibi Baloch, Nausheen Hamid and Ghazala Saifee fell unconscious. Several women protestors fell unconscious after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police at D-Chowk.
Police fired tear gas shells directly on the protestors including women and children in another attempt to disperse them. A citizen said that police officers are also using rubber bullets.
Moreover, a police team started pelting stones at the vehicles of the citizens arriving at the venue.
Not only the PTI marchers but the residents of G6, G5 and G7 at Embassy Road, Parliament Lodges, Melody and suburban areas were also affected by the heavy tear gas.
The central convoy of PTI Chairman Imran Khan has entered the premises of Islamabad which will arrive at D-Chowk in a while.
Earlier, it was learnt that the police completed preparations for an operation to disperse Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers in Red Zone during the ongoing long march.
The police teams have been given another stock of tear gas shells.
The PTI long march’s venue, D-Chowk, is being surrounded by the police team, whereas, standby reserve police rejected to reach the venue due to the unavailability of sufficient equipment of anti-riot. The officials have gathered outside the Aabpara police station.
It is important to mention here that the Islamabad administration closed all exit routes of the Red Zone which left the lawmakers and media teams besieged there.
The administration sealed the only entrance and exit route of Red Zone at Margalla Road via placing containers.
A huge number of party workers headed to the capital today on party chief Imran Khan’s call but they were either detained by police and law enforcement agencies while many faced blockades that they themselves had to remove to reach their destination.
The situation aggravated but then the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the police to release all PTI workers and supporters and make all arrangements for the PTI rally in Islamabad at their desired venue.