Police have arrested a number of leaders and activists of PTI and PAT in a bid to stop them from participating in the march scheduled to be held on Thursday against the government.

Police arrested 35 PTI activists including Ehtisham Khalid Janjua, secretary information, during the ongoing crackdown, disclosed its Central Deputy General Secretary Umer Dar talking to newsmen at Jinnah House Sialkot.

He said that the police were harassing the workers while raiding their offices and residences in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. He alleged that the police were also misbehaving with female members of their families during raids and arresting their brothers and fathers as well.

Ahmedpur East police have arrested Transport Association President Bashir Kaku and sent him behind bars for a period of 30 days. According to a notification issued by the district administration, Mr Kaku had announced to support the anti-government campaign of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on the directions of local leadership of these parties.

The notification says that as per report of DPO Bahawalpur, Kaku had indulged in the activities prejudicial to public peace and tranquility and was taking part in anti-government activities and inciting the people to create disturbance and lawlessness.

Meanwhile, DCO Imran Sikandar along with DPO Sarfraz Ahmed and Regional Transport Authority Secretary visited Ahmedpur East and sealed general bus stand.

Assistant Commissioner Malik Attaul Haq and DSP Shafqat Atta along with contingents of police were present on the occasion. Meanwhile, the administration closed the main gates of general bus stand by constructing walls while more than one dozen buses have been impounded in the court yard of Sadar police station. Police sources revealed that this step has been taken after the announcement of Kaku that he would provide 65 buses to activists of PAT, PTI and PM-Q to ensure their participation in Azadi march and Inqlab march.

Likewise, the Toba Tek Singh police arrested 11 activists to restrain them from going to Islamabad to join PTI’s August 14. The arrested workers included Ghulam Ali Rehmani, Imran Bhatti, Malik Qaiser Naveed, Rana Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Imran, Imran Akhroti, Anwar Baboo, Muhammad Boota, Mujahid Rafiq Nadeem Asghar and Muhammad Subhan.

A new agency adds: The government has unleashed an intense crackdown against the activists of PTI to prevent them from partaking in Azadi march.Punjab police have thus far nailed over a dozen workers. According to sources, police are conducting raids on the houses of the PTI’s leaders and workers. With police seeking to arrest the maximum number of the activists, the majority of leaders and workers have gone underground to evade apprehensions. Meantime, over 12 workers have been detained for a month.