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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

PTI announces countrywide protests after Friday prayers

Following today's Friday prayers, nationwide protests will take place, according to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) General Secretary Asad Umar.

Following today’s Friday prayers, nationwide protests will take place, according to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) General Secretary Asad Umar, and will continue until PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s demands are met.

A day after the party leader narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, the PTI senior leader made the announcement via his Twitter account.

“Today, after the Friday prayer, there will be a protest in the whole country. Until Imran Khan’s demand is met, nationwide protests will continue,” Umar said in the tweet.

In an attack on his container, the former prime minister was shot in the leg while leading the Pakistan PTI’s “Haqeeqi Azadi March” in Wazirabad on Thursday.

According to party sources, the incident resulted in the death of one person and the injuries of numerous members of the PTI chairman’s inner circle, including Senator Faisal Javaid, former Sindh governor Imran Ismail, Ahmad Chattha, and Imran Yousaf.

Immediately following the attempted assassination of the party chairman on day 7 of the long march, PTI supporters flocked to the streets in protest.

In his hometown of Faisalabad, angry demonstrators broke into Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s home. Other cities around the nation, including Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Karachi, saw demonstrations as well.

At the Faizabad Interchange in the twin towns of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, PTI demonstrators and police fought. While a woman was being held, the demonstrators were dispersed by the capital police using severe tear gas shelling.

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Protests were organised by former members of the ruling party, led by Punjab Minister Fayyaz Chauhan and National Assembly Member Sadaqat Abbasi, on Murree Road, Peshawar Road, GT Road, Kalar Saedaan Road, and other locations.

PTI employees allegedly staged protests by setting tyres on fire in Rawat, Gujar Khan, Suhawa, Wah Cantt, and other locations, according to the National Highways and Motorway Police.

PTI workers flocked to the Peshawar highways as soon as word of the gun attack on Imran’s vehicle emerged. They were accompanied by a few provincial ministers and assembly members.

From Hashtnagari to the Assembly Chowk, the workers marched. During the rally, angry demonstrators also attacked a police armoured car, although traffic on GT Road and Khyber Road kept moving.