Usman Dar, other members released as PTI changes Sialkot rally venue

Latest anti-govt rally is part of the series of protests that PTI is staging against Khan’s ouster

04:40 PM | 14 May, 2022
Usman Dar, other members released as PTI changes Sialkot rally venue
Source: Imran Khan_Instagram / screengrab

SIALKOT – Several PTI workers including Usman Dar have been released after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has changed the venue of its rally in Sialkot after the Christian community protested against the power show at a ground linked to a church.

Dar, a close aide of former PTI Chief, was detained following a scuffle between PTI workers and police at the venue of PTI chief Imran Khan’s public meeting as the former PM staged mammoth gatherings in different cities across Pakistan.

Senior party leader and PTI Punjab president Shafqat Mahmood said the rally will now be held at the VIP cricket ground.

Local administration earlier restricted PTI members from mounting structures in preparation for the rally at CTI ground, and cops also baton-charged party activists while tear gas was also used to quell resistance.

Law enforcers displaced the poles and barbed wires with the excavator's help while screens and stairs from the stage were also removed.

PTI Chief Imran Khan also reacted to the happenings. Taking to Twitter, former Pakistani PM said let there be no doubt, he would be going to Sialkot today.

The tweet reads “What imported government did in Sialkot against our leaders and workers is outrageous, but not unexpected. This bunch of criminals out on bail and their convict mafia boss in London have always used fascist tactics against opponents when they are in power.”

Khan also added that “they use and abuse democracy when in opposition and totally destroy all democratic norms when in power, but the people had now risen against them”.

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Earlier in the day, a senior police official told media correspondents that the members of the local Christian community have raised objections against holding a rally at the ground, saying that it was their property.