Sheikh Rashid leaves the country as TLP marches towards Islamabad

The movement of opposition parties against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has intensified especially after the announcement of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan’s (TLP) march towards Islamabad today.

According to the details, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a coalition of opposition parties, will hold massive protests across the country today against the worst inflation and economic woes. There will be demonstrations in Lahore and Karachi today. Moreover, opposition activists will take to the streets in Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar and Jhang.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb said that leaders and activists of PDM parties will take part in the protests in different cities. The protest rally will start from Jain Mandir Chowk in Lahore at 3:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PKT). Roads around Yateem Khana Chowk in Lahore have also been closed.

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Protests will take place in other cities, including Peshawar, Swat and Shangla, after the Jummah prayers. However, protest rallies will be held in Mianwali and Bhakkar on October 24, 2021.

On the other hand, security arrangements have been tightened after TLP announced a long march towards Islamabad. Islamabad has been sealed right after the TLP’s long march announcement. Containers have been installed on the main highways of Islamabad.

Authorities continue taking precautionary measures against todays TLP Long March Call towards Islamabad. Diversions have been placed on the following locations:

  • Diversion placed before Faizabad for traffic coming from Murree Road. Rawalpindi to Islamabad. Commuters are advised to use 9th Avenue as an alternate route.
  • Diversions have been placed for both sides of traffic from Express Chowk to D_Chowk at Jinnah Av. Commuters are advised to use NADRA Chowk and Ayub Chowk for Red Zone entry and exit
  • Diversion has been placed for both sides of traffic at Murree Road, Faiz-ul-Islam stop, from and to Faizabad. Traffic moving from Islamabad to Murree Road Rawalpindi is being diverted to Islamabad Highway.
  • Diversions have been placed for both sides of traffic at 9th Avenue Signal from and to Stadium Road Rawalpindi. Traffic moving towards Rawalpindi from 9th Av Islamabad and Faizabad is being diverted to IJP Road.

Heavy contingent of police has been deployed. Metro closed in Rawalpindi due to protests. Metro service will be restored from IJP station to Secretariat. Police have been deployed at all metro stations and tracks in Rawalpindi. On the other hand, the Islamabad and Rawalpindi administrations closed various roads with containers.

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Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Afzal Ahmad Kausar visited Faizabad Interchange to check all the security measures. On the other hand, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Operations Syed Ali Akbar was also present. Both the officers reviewed the security arrangements.

It is to be noted that TLP today announced a march towards Islamabad after the Jummah prayers which will be offered at the Yateem Khana Chowk in lahore.

On the other hand, there are reports that Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has taken leave from the Prime Minister and left for Dubai where he will watch the Pakistan-India T2o World Cup match. The interior minister himself announced two days ago that he has taken leave and he is leaving for Dubai for two days.

On the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, TLP announced a sit-in after a procession from Data Darbar in Lahore and issued a two-day ultimatum, after which they announced a march yesterday.

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It is to be remembered that Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan was banned by the government of Pakistan. Hafiz Saad Rizvi, son of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, head of TLP, was arrested on April 12, 2021 from Scheme Mor Chowk, Lahore. Police arrested Hafiz Saad Rizvi to stop the protest of April 16, 2021 after their talks failed with the government regarding the deportation of the French ambassador.

After the arrest of Saad Rizvi, there was an uproar across the country, and the government banned TLP, which was later challenged by the officials of the party. Hafiz Saad Rizvi is still under arrest and the party is banned by the PTI government as of today.

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