ISLAMABAD – With only one day left to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s May 11 protest, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led Punjab government allegedly creating hurdles for Insafiyans to reach at D-Chowk Islamabad.
According to the PTI officials of all major metropolitan cities of Punjab, government officials were allegedly harassing the Insafiyans for reaching the venue.
PTI’s central information secretary Shireen Mazari said that in Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin and Lahore Insafiyans were threatened for traveling towards Punjab. She maintained that transporters were being harassed and now they were not willing to provide services to PTI workers.
She accused that the decision was taken on Friday night in a meeting between traffic police and transporters. The administration reportedly advised transporters to halt bus services to Islamabad, Lahore and South Punjab and hence all bus stands have been closed since this morning.
According to her, obstacles were being created, pressure was being used and threats were being made to stop party workers and supporters from attending the rally.
“Our workers in Rawalpindi have been threatened by the police,” she said. “Police and Intelligence Bureau are going to workers’ houses and harassing them,” she continued.
Similarly, Shah Mehmood Qureshi also held a press conference in which he condemned the actions of PML-N government of using tactics to stop Insafiyans from reaching at D-Chowk. He said “Transporters in Rawalpindi were directed not to provide services to PTI. All entrances of Islamabad were blocked. We have been allowed to hold the protest but still government’s intentions are not positive.”
He also accused the all District Coordinator Officers (DCOs) of Punjab were ordered to create special check posts at exit points of every district for curbing our workers.
PML-N spokesperson, commenting over the allegations of PTI, said that no hurdles were created for anyone. “The blockade at entrance points of Islamabad was due to the months old development works. PTI workers can always use alternate routes to reach at the D-Chowk,” he added.