Rawalpindi-As many as 114 leaders and workers of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Awami Muslim League (AML), Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and PML-Q have been arrested by the law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) during crackdown across the region to sabotage PTI’s proposed Islamabad lockdown on November 2.

Of 114 leaders and workers, 50 were arrested in Rawalpindi; 21 in Attock; 39 in Chakwal and 4 have been rounded up during clamp down by police from Jhelum district, well-placed sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

Defying all the security barricades and hurdles, the convoy of PTI MPA Ijaz Chaudhry dodged Jhelum police and reached Bani Gala along with dozens of his supporters through GT Road leaving the LEAs with red faces.

An intelligence agency official, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that a convoy of PTI MNA Chaudhry Ijaz reached Jhelum where they scattered through a well thought-out policy to avoid arrest at the hands of police. Later, they embarked in public private transport in one and twos and fled from Jhelum, he said.

PTI City President Chaudhry Muhammad Asghar Advocate was shifted to Faisalabad Jail under section 16 MPO. The DCO Rawalpindi had issued detention orders for PTI leader for 15 days. He was picked up by police during a protest demonstration on Benazir Bhutto Road, they said. Similarly, 21 leaders and workers of four political parties were held by Attock police. They were later shifted to Faisalabad Jail amid tight security.

On the other hand, the district government and police have prepared a list of 265 leaders and activists of PTI, AML and PAT in the city, sources said.

They said a meeting was held between the high-ups of district government, local police and officials of intelligence agencies during which the names of political workers have been finalised to be arrested to sabotage PTI Chief’s plan to lock down Islamabad on November 2.

Of 265, police could have arrested only 55 leaders and workers of PTI and PAT so far while raids were being conducted to net the remaining activists. Nonetheless, SI Imran Haider, the spokesman to CPO, stated 72 workers of PTI have been held so far while raids were being conducted to catch the others.

Police nabbed AML UC-40 Councillor Siraj Ahmed Siddiqui during a raid at his residence. A raid was also carried out at Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s ancestral house D2/618 located at Bhabra Bazaar to arrest MNA Sheikh Rashid but he was not present there.

A large numbers of PTI and AML leaders and workers went underground to avoid arrest, sources added. 

Talking to The Nation, PTI MPA Ijaz Khan Jazi condemned the PML-N leadership as well as police brutality against PTI and AML workers. He said he along would hundreds of his supporters would march towards Islamabad on November 2 to lock down the federal capital.

Sheikh Rashid Shafique, the nephew of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, while talking to The Nation from an undisclosed location vowed to bring a large number of supporters in the federal capital to help Imran Khan close down the city. He said police were harassing his party men and raiding their houses but they all have taken refuge in safer places.

Meanwhile, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja have dispatched three contingents of police force to Haroon Bridge on Motorway at Attock district to assist the police force firing tear shells to disperse PTI protestors who under the leadership of CM KP Pervaiz Khattak tried to remove the containers to reach the federal capital.

As many as 200 riot police personnel were deputed at Pai Khan Bridge at Gujar Khan to bar anti-government supporters to proceed towards Islamabad.

SSP (Operations) Irfan Tariq paid a visit to Gujar Khan and briefed the riot police.

A source also disclosed to The Nation that DPO Attock Zahid Nawaz Marwat along with 5 cops sustained injuries during clashes with PTI workers at Chacch Interchange (Haroon Bridge). Some 5 civilians were also injured while the mob torched 6 vehicles and 5 motorcycles of police.

Police and other LEAs have blocked roads at Dhoke Hassu, Pirwadhai Morr, Khushal Garh, Attock Khurd and Jhari Kass to refrain the anti-government workers from marching towards Islamabad to join PTI Chief Imran Khan to lock down federal capital on November 2.