Security along the Peshawar Motorway and Grand Trunk Road has been ramped up in anticipation of a group of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) protesters marching from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Islamabad on Monday.
KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak speaking to DawnNews said protesters will remove barriers and blockades from their path to reach Bani Gala.
“If anything happens, if one of our people even sustains a scratch, we will go to court and the responsible party will be the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif,” he said.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday urged party workers to reach Bani Gala by Nov 1. Protesters would then move onto Islamabad on Nov 2 for the party’s planned ‘lockdown’ of the capital, he said.
Television footage showed walls of containers blocking Grand Trunk Road, and police and Frontier Corps men standing at the ready armed with sticks and tear gas.
Two cranes are moving along with a group of PTI protesters from KP to help move containers blocking streets out of the way.
Barricades three layers deep were placed along the Peshawar Motorway to deter those marching to Islamabad.
Party workers are present at Bani Gala amid a charged and festive atmosphere, chanting slogans in favour of the party.
A checkpost has also been set up at the entrance to Bani Gala at Murree Road.
I drink honey, not alcohol: Gandapur
Police on Monday registered a First Information Report against PTI leader Amin Gandapur, from whose car five Kalashnikov rifles, a pistol, six magazines, a bulletproof vest, alcohol and three tear gas shells were recovered on Sunday.
Gandapur on Monday claimed there was no alcohol in his car. “There was no alcohol in my car. I drink honey,” he said.
Nawaz, motu gang cannot compare to our women: Imran
PTI chief Imran Khan on Monday demonstrated his fitness by performing pushups alongside other PTI supporters. Ardent PTI supporter and singer Salman Ahmed also performed pushups alongside Imran Khan.
Dressed in a tracksuit, the PTI chairman counted the pushups. “I am still not tired,” he exclaimed amid loud cheers and clapping.
“Nawaz Sharif and the ‘motu gang’ cannot even compare to our women,” he said.