ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Thursday gave a call for countrywide protests for October 27 after Islamabad police stormed PTI’s youth convention in Islamabad and arrested scores of party activists.
Imran, while addressing a press conference following the arrests of his workers, said his workers and and the planned sit-in on November 2 was planned to be peaceful.
“We told the government that we would remain peaceful if they had remained peaceful. Now the movement will take a different direction,” said the PTI chairman.
He reiterated the call for countrywide protests on Friday and said the police can arrest him if they want “under Section 144”.
Imran also questioned the current democratic system in the country and said, “What kind of a democracy is in Pakistan when we are jailed for practicing our democratic right”.
Following the PTI chief’s press conference, PTI workers took to the streets in different cities of the country and held sit-ins at major thoroughfares. Cities where PTI workers were staging sit-ins are Karachi, Multan, Peshawar and other major cities.
Meanwhile, two separate FIRs were registered against 43 PTI activists in Kohsaar and Golra police stations under Section 188 of Pakistan Penal Code over violation of Section 144.
Earlier in the evening, PTI leader Asad Umar said, “State injustice cannot stop us from protesting and the government is afraid of PTI’s democratic protest”.
Asad was of the view that there is no democracy in Pakistan. “Government has proved that there is no democracy in Pakistan, rather it is a monarchy,” he said.
PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged the government had arrested hundreds of its workers and police tortured the female workers of the party as well.
“Hundreds of PTI workers were arrested and female workers were tortured by the police,” claimed Qureshi. “We are going to meet to IG Islamabad and discuss the situation.”
Police transferred the arrested PTI workers through police vans to Police station Kohsaar and Golra, also sealing the hall where the convention was being held. The arrests were made under Section 144.
Imran Khan calls for countrywide protests on Friday
PTI chairman Imran Khan has announced countrywide protests on Friday against state aggression, DawnNews reported.
He announced this during an emergency meeting in Bani Gala which was attended by senior party leaders.