Security Measures Implemented with Container Placement Ahead of PTI’s Minar-i-Pakistan Rally in Lahore Today

Security Measures Implemented with Container Placement Ahead of PTI's Minar-i-Pakistan Rally in Lahore Today
Security Measures Implemented with Container Placement Ahead of PTI's Minar-i-Pakistan Rally in Lahore Today

Ahead of the PTI rally at Minar-i-Pakistan, shipping containers have been positioned in Lahore to obstruct routes leading to the venue. The party’s chairman, Imran Khan, will present his “vision of Haqeeqi Azadi” at the rally. The entry and exit routes of the city, including those from Shahdara to Ravi bridge, have been blocked off by containers, as observed by a correspondent from The road from Data Darbar to Minar-i-Pakistan has also been closed in both directions. A truck driver at the location informed Technoutility that he had not been compensated for using his vehicle to block the roads.

According to a truck driver at the scene, officials from the Shafiqabad police station directed him to block the roads with his truck on the government’s orders, and the police had the keys to the trucks. The driver stated that the police forced them to park their vehicles at different locations when they entered the city the previous night. They were instructed to continue blocking the roads until noon the following day. Reports also surfaced of students being unable to reach their Institute of Chartered Accountant exams due to road blockades. Hayyan Imran, a student, expressed frustration at being unable to attend his exam on time despite waiting hours on a bus. Meanwhile, former premier Nawaz Sharif urged his supporters to attend the rally and asserted that the PTI’s sixth public gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan would “break all records.

Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI, has called on supporters to attend the party’s rally at Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore after Tarawih prayers, stating that he believes it will break all records. Despite concerns about potential obstacles set up by the government to prevent attendees from reaching the venue, Imran has asserted that it is the people’s fundamental right to participate in a political gathering.

The rally was initially scheduled for March 11 and 12 but was postponed due to a ban on public gatherings imposed by the caretaker government of Punjab. After failed attempts to obtain relief from the Election Commission and Lahore High Court, the rally was rescheduled for March 25, with an agreement reached between the PTI and city administration. The rally will begin at 10 pm on March 25 and end around 3 am on March 26, according to the terms and conditions agreed upon by the Lahore PTI president Imtiaz Mahmood and city officials.

The PTI’s campaign had been embroiled in wrangling with the interim government of Punjab over the ban on public gatherings, with the rally’s original dates being affected by the imposition of Section 144 in Lahore due to security risks. The administration later allowed the PTI to hold the rally on March 13, acknowledging the high-security risk associated with political gatherings and previous attacks on the former prime minister.

PTI Leader Imran Khan’s protective bail has been extended by the Lahore High Court (LHC) until March 27.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s protective bail in five cases registered against him in Islamabad has been extended by the Lahore High Court (LHC), as per a report by ARY News. Imran Khan arrived at the LHC with tight security, and his plea is being heard by a two-member bench comprising Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh and Justice Anwaar Hussain. During the hearing, Imran’s lawyer informed the judges that his client sought protective bail to travel to Islamabad, where several political cases have been registered against him.

Justice Sheikh said that the petitioner should have approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for bail in cases.

The ex-premier, arguing for himself, told the court that he went to Islamabad last time, but police blocked all roads. “Even today, I appeared before LHC secretly.”

Islamabad police used tear gas and baton-charged the people, the cricketer-turned-politician said, claiming that he ran a judicial complex to save his life.

Barrister Salman Safdar then urged the court to extend the bail till the working day (Monday) so that they could reach Islamabad.

Earlier today, the LHC Registrar’s Office objected to two protective bail applications filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief and former premier Imran Khan.

The former prime minister, in his pleas, stated that he wanted to appear before the investigation team in the FIRs registered against him and pleaded with the LHC to grant him protective bail fearing arrest.

On Tuesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted protective bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan in two cases.

A two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Shahbaz Rizvi heard the plea of Imran Khan seeking protective bail. Former prime minister Imran Khan appeared before LHC in person amid tight security.

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