PESHAWAR - Mismanagement marred the Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf rally in Peshawar as participants tried to reach the main stage resulting into scuffle.

Police resorted to aerial firing and baton charge to control the unruly crowd causing a disorder and chaos at the venue. Luckily, nobody was hurt in the happening.

Moreover, the PTI’s charged workers, majority of them were youngsters not only exchanged harsh words with police, but they also tore down the walk-through gate at the venue which forced the police force on duty to open aerial firing to quell the situation.

Police and PTI workers also fought after the latter were stopped not to reach the main stage. This made the workers enraged, which resulted in chaos and mismanagement.

Not only this, police baton charged the disordered workers when they were bent upon to make entry on the stage.

The gunshots caused people to panic, triggering a small stampede.

The leadership on the stage tried to calm the crowd and asked the workers to cooperate, but to no avail. The situation, however, calmed when the PTI Chief Imran Kan reached the venue.

PTI organized this rally in the jurisdiction of PK-8-Peshawar, where by-election is being held on the seat which has fallen vacant after the demise of the PML-N lawmaker Arbab Akbar Hayat Khan. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice after witnessing violation of the code of conduct for elections.