PTI protesters marched toward D-Chowk on ‘highest command’ orders

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Islamabad IG tells SC….

Islamabad Inspector General of Police Dr Akbar Nasir Khan on Friday submitted a report to the Supreme Court, detailing the events leading to PTI workers’ arrival at D-Chowk during the party’s ‘Azadi March’ which ended on May 26.

In the report, the police chief said the crowd was “organised to enter D-Chowk under the PTI leadership who had reached Express Chowk with the intent to proceed further toward D-Chowk as per the directions of the party’s highest command”.

On June 2, a five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, had directed the capital city administration and spy agencies to submit reports explaining at what time Imran Khan had asked his party workers to reach D-Chowk and whether the crowds entering the Red Zone were ‘organised and supervised’ or their act was random.

PTI’s Azadi March on May 25 was preceded by the authorities invoking Section 144. Shipping containers were put in place on major thoroughfares to block their path.

Undeterred by the moves, the marchers tried to force through the containers to make their way to Islamabad amid intense shelling and baton-charge by the police. PTI supporters were also arrested in cities across Punjab.

The PTI’s march towards Islamabad’s D-Chowk and the shelling of teargas by police took place despite the Supreme Court directives for the former to hold its protest in Islamabad’s H-9 area and orders for the government to not make arrests or use force in connection with the march.

 

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