PML-N launches crackdown on PTI leaders, seals D-Chowk ahead of long march

12:15 AM | 24 May, 2022
PML-N launches crackdown on PTI leaders, seals D-Chowk ahead of long march
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ISLAMABAD – The PML-N-led government has launched a crackdown on political leaders and workers associated with ousted prime minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

According to local media reports, at least 63 PTI leaders and activists have been arrested by the police so far.

Also, police on Monday raided the houses of PTI leaders Hammad Azhar, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Ali Naveed Bhatti, Malik Nadeem Abbas Bhara, Yasir Gillani, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Sadia Sohail, Ijaz Chaudhry, Mian Akram Usman, Aqeel Siddiqui, Aamir Riaz Qureshi, Sheikh Muhammad Haider, Sardar Arshad Tufail and Saeed Ahmad Khan, but failed to arrest them. 

There are reports that Punjab Police have prepared a list of 350 key leaders of the PTI and sent its copies to various police stations with instructions to arrest them as soon as possible.

The purpose of these arrests is to disrupt PTI's long march on Islamabad that is starting on May 25 as announced by PTI Chairman Imran Khan over the weekend. 

On the other hand, the PML-N government has taken some critical steps in the federal capital, calling in additional troops from the Rangers, FC and the Punjab Police and sealing the famous D-Chowk using containers. 

According to some reports, the government plans to contain the PTI long march to Srinagar Highway on the outskirts of Islamabad.