Protesting workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have reportedly set the China Chowk Metro Station in Islamabad on fire during clashes with police. Earlier, another group of the party’s supporters had started a fire around Burhan Interchange.
Trees were also set on fire, and PTI workers said that they started the fire as a means to escape police’s shelling.
PTI Chairperson Imran Khan has vowed to go ahead with the planned long march and sit-in. Clashes between police and the workers of PTI continue to take place, as marchers await Imran Khan in Islamabad.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had asked the government to arrange an alternative venue for the PTI long march. Despite the court’s order, the PTI leadership has vowed to reach D-chowk for the long march. The apex court also stopped the police from stopping the protestors.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaulla, while talking to anchor Shahzeb Khanzada on his show, said that the attorney general of Pakistan will be meeting the apex court’s judges to apprise them of the situation that developed following its order.
Meanwhile, PTI leaders including Imran Khan welcomed the court order, but appear to have refused to accept it in its entirety — as the protestors continue to disrupt public order during their protest.