LAHORE  - Following the clashes between police and protesters in Islamabad, security has been beefed up in the provincial capital.

About 3,000 more cops were deputed to safeguard the important buildings like Prime Minister, Chief Minister residences in Raiwind and Model town, Punjab Assembly, Wapda House, Governor House, 90-Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam, IG Police Office, Civil Secretariat and FIA buildings.

The police have also placed containers to block the roads leading to the above said buildings. Sources say police have seized about 400 containers in this regard. However, police officials have been directed not to use weapons to disperse the protesters. Sources said that after PTI leadership gave call to its activists to march towards Jatti Ummra Raiwind, police have deployed heavy contingent on Adda Plot, Bhoobatian Chowk and Raiwind Road to confront with protesters.

PTI activists were also staging sit-in in various parts of the city. In Lahore these sit-in were in Gulberg, Defense and other areas. On Sunday protests were witnessed in Gari Shahoo, Shalamar Chowk, Charing Cross and Liberty areas. A clash broke out between supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the police after PTI workers burn tyres and blocked the Liberty Roundabout, in protest against shelling of the security forces in Islamabad.

Police, in order to disperse the crowd, fired tear gas shells and resorted to batton charge but failed to deter the protesters who pelted stones at them. PTI Punjab Assembly Member Dr Murad Rass was injured during the clash.

Earlier, PTI supporters on Saturday staged a protest sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly on a call given by PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Following a deadlock in government and PTI talks, Khan on Friday decided to mount pressure on the government by launching protests across the country.  Lahore’s sit-in, led by PTI’s Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader, Mehmoodur Rasheed and other provincial leaders of the party, was joined by a good number of PTI workers who chanted slogans against the PML-N government, calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit.