PTI supporters and law enforcement clash at Faizabad interchange as protests resume – Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters and police clashed at Faizabad Interchange for a second day on Saturday as law enforcement officers made nearly 24 arrests in the capital, Aaj News reported.

Protesters began to flock to the Faizabad interchange and threw rocks at law enforcement, prompting them to fire tear gas canisters in response.

Protesters also burned tires at Rawat in Islamabad and blocked GT Road which affected traffic.

Due to the protest, Islamabad Police has diverted traffic between Murree Road Islamabad and Rawalpindi in Faizabad, Islamabad Police said on its Twitter account.

“Alternatively, traffic is diverted to the Islamabad highway,” he said. “Red Zone entrance/exit is closed to traffic from Express Chowk and NADRA Chowk.”

Alternatively, Margallah Road, Ayub Chowk and Serena Chowk can be used, he said. All other roads in Islamabad are cleared for traffic.

In Lahore, protesters gathered at Liberty Chowk. In Peshawar, PTI supporters gathered at the tollbooth to protest.

Meanwhile in Karachi, the gathering of protesters is heading towards Central Tibet from Numaish.

On Friday, major cities in Pakistan including Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Quetta witnessed large-scale protests following an assassination attempt on Pakistan’s President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan , Thursday. PTI supporters blocked the streets and chanted slogans in favor of Imran.

In Rawalpindi, protesters occupied Murree Road and Faizabad Interchange. In addition, they threw stones at the police at the Faizabad interchange while law enforcement resorted to shelling and charging with truncheons. The police also used the help of drones for the bombings.

Five criminals were arrested, reported Aaj News.

In Lahore, a large number of PTI supporters demonstrated at Shahdara Chowk, Faisal Chowk, Liberty Chowk and Governor House. Traffic in these areas has been diverted to alternate routes. Additionally, Metro Bus Service operations in the city have been suspended.

PTI supporters burned tires outside the governor’s house and some protesters tried to enter the building and smashed CCTV cameras.