ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday claimed he had declined an offer by his Punjab counterpat, Shahbaz Sharif, to abandon his supporters and cross into Punjab alone.

Talking to reporters, Pervez Khattak alleged he had received a telephone call from Shehbaz Sharif about half an hour before their march set off for Islamabad “who offered me safe passage to Punjab alone, but I rejected his offer”.

 The PTI caravan led by Pervez Khattak came under heavy teargas shelling as they tried to cross into Punjab from Swabi Interchange.

The charged PTI workers managed to cross the first major hurdle at Haroonabad Bridge but were later forced to retreat from Burhan Interchange due to pre-dawn shelling.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan then advised CM Khattak to retreat to Swabi and make a fresh strategy to reach the capital city.

The Islamabad lockdown was, however, called off after the Supreme Court opened an inquiry into the Panama Leaks.