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PTI Rallies Prompt Numerous Arrests Across Cities

PTI Rallies Prompt Numerous Arrests Across Cities
In an attempt to organize rallies across various cities, including Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar, activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), following the directives of the party’s founder Imran Khan, encountered a robust police crackdown, leading to numerous arrests

In Rawalpindi’s Jatli area, police conducted raids, resulting in the apprehension of at least 10 PTI workers. In the NA-56 constituency of Rawalpindi, PTI activists held a rally that concluded on Saeedpur Road under tight security. During the rally, participants vociferously expressed their discontent with the government, waving PTI flags and displaying images of Imran Khan.

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A parallel situation unfolded in Peshawar, where a PTI rally faced obstruction from the police on Ring Road. Clashes erupted between the law enforcement and PTI workers, leading to several arrests. The police contended that PTI activists had not obtained permission for the rally, and anyone found on the road without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) would be subject to arrest.

In Karachi, PTI organized a rally in the Clifton area, resulting in the police taking more than 50 activists into custody.

On PTI’s Lahore social media platform X, multiple videos depicted a sizable number of people expressing support for the party. A tweet accompanying the videos stated, “Rallies are being held everywhere. Despite police brutality, no one will be able to save the runaway Nawaz on February 8.”

Earlier in the day, former federal minister and PTI leader Hammad Azhar reported that his elderly father, former Punjab governor Mian Azhar, had been “arrested” by the police ahead of an election rally.

In a post on the social media platform X, Hammad conveyed that his 82-year-old father, an independent candidate supported by PTI running for the NA-129 constituency, aimed to “exercise his democratic and constitutional right by leading a rally.”

Hammad Azhar expressed concern about the state of affairs in Pakistan, asserting that the country had been reduced to a “total fascist state” with a complete disregard for human rights and the rule of law. He attributed this situation to the influence of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, accusing them of calling the shots and adversely affecting the nation.

The events surrounding the PTI rallies and the subsequent police crackdown underscore the heightened tensions and political dynamics in Pakistan. As the country approaches the elections, the confrontations between political parties and law enforcement highlight the challenges of ensuring a democratic and peaceful electoral process.