RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) city chapters have finalized all the arrangements to accord warm welcome to Azadi and Inqilab Marches in Islamabad.
Later, hundreds of charged PTI workers stormed in to Islamabad by removing containers placed by police at Faizabad Interchange.
However, the police deployed there did not resist and allowed the marchers to enter the city. The mush happier workers chanted slogans in favour of Imran Khan and against Nawaz league.
According to details, a large number of PTI workers reached Faizabad Interchange from across the city on motorcycles, vehicles and even on foot but police barred them from entering the federal capital. The mob removed all the containers placed at Faizabad Interchange and entered in the capital city.
Earlier, the charged PTI workers took out motorcycle rallies in the city in connection with the Independence Day by holding national and party flags, wearing green and white ribbons, painting national and party flags on their faces and Imran Khan's portraits in their hands.
A scuffle was also occurred between police and PTI motorcycle rallies in Khana Pull when the former barred the later from proceeding towards Zero Point Islamabad.
Meanwhile, a convoy of PTI KP comprising thousands of workers entered Attock (Punjab) via GT Road under the leadership of Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak. Another rally of PTI from Bannu numbering 13000 people riding vehicles reached Pirwadhai Morr that was also blocked by district government and police by placing containers. However, participants of the rally were trying hard to enter Islamabad.
On the other hand, the woes of citizens could not end as police blocked all the roads by placing containers at Tarnol, Pirwadhai Morr, IJP Road, Faizabad Interchange and T-Chowk Rawat to stop marchers from entering Islamabad.
The whole city presented a deserted look as all the markets, shops and business centers were closed. Public transport remained off the road.
Raja Tariq Mehboob Kiyani, PTI Punjab Vice President, told this scribe that they were ready to welcome the participants of Azadi March upon their arrival at Faizabad Interchange.
He claimed that at least 70,000 workers including women, young girls, and children from Chakwal, Chakbeli Khan, Taxila, Rawalpindi, Murree were reaching Faizabad despite roads blockade.
Common people were taking interest in country's politics and were against erroneous policies of N League and they would defiantly come out from their houses and join Azadi March, he said.
Suhail Abbasi, PAT City Secretary Information, said that their party has declared Faizabad as its main junction and asked some 25,000 workers to reach there to receive Inqilab March. He said that PAT has selected a secret place in city where food would be prepared for participants.
The workers would come from Hazara, Fateh Jang, Attock, Wah Cantt and Rawalpindi, he said adding that those workers who would arrive from Mirpur and Azad Kashmir and Kahuta would assemble at Gujar Khan and would join Inqilab March coming from Lahore.
He said that police arrested 10 workers of PAT who were coming from Kahuta. He also claimed that crackdown continued in rural areas against PAT and so far 110 workers have been sent to Adyala Jail.
Earlier, hundreds of PTI young workers took out motorcycle rallies in connection with Independence Day across the division. First, the participants while holding national and party flags kept roaming on roads and then moved towards Islamabad via Murree Road and Airport Road to reach Faizabad Interchange. Nonetheless, police stopped the motorcycle rallies at Khana Pull where a clash was also occurred between police and PTI workers.