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 by 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.