Workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) turned violent as they set ablaze eight police vehicles and around ten motorcycles at Haroon Bridge while clearing containers placed as barricades by police to stop entrance to Islamabad.
Reportedly, all barricades erected at Haroon Bridge near Swabi Interchange have been cleared by the mob and additional contingents of police have been summoned to secure the site.
It has been reported that the law enforcement agencies are laying a network of barbed wires at Islamabad Interchange to add to the resistance against workers of the political organisation who are attempting to enter the federal capital for participation in sit-in to be held on November 2.
Sources privy to the police have reported that more containers have been placed at an interchange near Attock to stop the angry activists.
Earlier today, law enforcers subjected convoy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM), Pervez Khattak and activists of PTI to shelling of tear gas as they attempted to enter Punjab at motorway interchange to reach Islamabad.
The incident took place at Swabi Interchange on the motorway.
Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Information, Mushtaq Ghani talked News minutes into the clash and reported that the police had fired dozens of shells while not discriminating among children and women.
The clash today at Swabi Interchange came in as one of the many clashes in different cities that erupted in wake of Imran Khan, Chairman of PTI’s call to ‘shut down’ Islamabad on November 2 if Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif did not offer himself for accountability of his wealth.
Khan had announced to demonstrate a sit-in in the federal capital as he addressed a protest rally in Raiwind of Lahore on September 30 against alleged corrupt premier and his government.
PTI has led numerous protests across the country after Panama Papers published leaked documents of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in April revealing offshore companies owned by premier’s family members.
Different opposition parties, mainly PTI have treated the issue as an episode of corruption at hands of the government.