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PTI’s Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa: Roads blocked; crackdown launched

LAHORE: Prior to tonight’s public gathering of the party at Minar-e-Pakistan, the police began a crackdown on PTI members on Saturday, and several of the routes leading there have been blocked,

On Twitter, PTI Chairman Imran Khan urged his followers in Lahore to join the jalsa following Taraweeh prayers, which he predicted would “break all records.”

The former prime minister, who was removed from office by a vote of no-confidence in April of last year, stated that he will present his ideas for “Haqeeqi Azadi” and how to get the nation out of the hole that the “cabal of crooks have put our country in.”

Khan emphasized that it is the people’s fundamental right to be a part of a jalsa while claiming that the [government] will throw barriers in the way of the supporters joining the gathering.

He said, “Everyone must exercise their right as citizens of a free nation that attained independence & come to Minar in Pakistan.

The public gathering for today will take held at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan at 9 o’clock following Taraweeh.

PTI has been given permission by the district government to host a gathering at the Minar-e-Pakistan tonight, but containers have been placed on several of the routes leading there, including the ones heading into and out of Lahore.

There are no longer any access points from the Ravi Bridge or Train Station to the Minar-e-Pakistan, and containers have also been set up near the Shah Alam Market.

In contrast, the police detained around 50 PTI members from various Rahim Yar Khan neighborhoods, while in Multan, 26 members, including PTI leader Javed Akhtar Ansari’s son, were detained.

According to PTI, several workers from Lodhran and Bhakkar have also been detained.

As part of his ongoing election campaign, the former prime minister announced holding a “historic” public gathering on March 19 at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan.

PTI was instructed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to let people go about their daily lives instead of conducting a rally. After then, Imran Khan once more declared a power show on March 22 at the same location.

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