PTI workers stage violent protest, enter Sindh House

ISLAMABAD: After around two dozen of PTI MNAs decided to move to the Sindh House to seek refuge from the government’s wrath, party workers resorted to violence in Islamabad on Friday as they barged into the lodge to throw the lawmakers out.

Hordes of PTI workers, including MNA Ataullah Niazi, participated in the demonstration. The workers chanted slogans against the PTI MNAs and in PM Imran Khan’s support.

Meanwhile, the PTI and Insaf Student Federation (ISF) workers in Faisalabad also protested against MNA Raja Riaz at the Zila Council Chowk. The workers demanded Raiz to resign from the party. As a result, a heavy contingent of police was deployed outside the MNA’s house for his security.

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The demonstrations held placards and posters depicting the faces of MNAs covered in black ink. A huge crowd blocked the road and chanted slogans against the MNAs. A similar protest also took place in Peshawar.

Following the incident, two PTI MNAs, Ataullah Niazi and Faheem Khan, and 12 PTI members were arrested by the Islamabad Police for partaking in the process.

Addressing the violence outside the Sindh House, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had issued orders to arrest the PTI members who were involved in the “unfortunate incident.”

Condemning the turn of events, he said that the situation is now “under control” and added that the inspector-general of police Islamabad has been instructed to arrest all people involved in the violent protest, including the two MNAs.

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He further said that security has been tightened around the lodge and police have been instructed to take strict actions against protestors.

Terming the violent outside the Sindh House the “worst form of terrorism”, PPP’s leader Sharjeel Memon accused the Islamabad police of not taking action and acting as a spectator.

He warned the government that if such “terrorist attacks” are carried out again, then PTI MNAs will have to face the consequences.

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