The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers protested on Saturday against the bid on the life of chairman Imran Khan in various cities of the country.

At Faizabad, the point where the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi meet, police fired tear gas at protesters who blocked the road.

They pelted stones at police when they tried to disperse them by firing tear gas.

The protesters, including women and children, chanted anti-government slogans.

Separately, protesters also blocked the Islamabad Expressway. 

Earlier, the Rawalpindi administration deployed police and FC personnel to stop PTI workers from gathering at Faizabad.

In Karachi, hundreds of PTI supporters reached Numaish Chowrangi to stage a protest on the call of senior party leaders.

The provincial administration deployed a heavy police force near Numaish Chowrangi and MA Jinnah Road to prevent the protestors from assembling.

The local government has summoned anti-riots force and personnel from all police stations in the District East. 

Later, police pushed back protesters and opened Numaish Chowrangi to traffic. However, the workers gathered near Turbat Centre on MA Jinnah Road.

In Gujar Khan, the PTI workers dispersed after a brief protest on GT Road.

The PTI workers protested in Bahawalpur in line with party’s secretary-general Asad Umar’s directions.

PEMRA BANS IMRAN’S SPEECHES: The Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed a ban on all satellite TV channels from broadcasting and rebroadcasting PTI chief Imran Khan’s speeches and press conferences.

According to a notice issued on Saturday, the authority said that Khan during his long march speeches and a day ago had “made aspersions against the state institutions by levelling baseless allegations for orchestrating an assassination plan”.

It added that airing such content was likely to create “hatred among the people or was prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order or was likely to disturb public peace and tranquility or endanger national security”.

The PEMRA mentioned that this was a serious violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and Section 27 pf PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as well as Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

“In case of any violation, observed licence may be suspended … without any show-cause notice in the public interest along with other enabling provisions of law,” the notice read.

BODYGUARD SUFFERS 6 BULLET INJURIES: The bodyguard of Imran Khan suffered six bullet injuries in his arms and legs while the former prime minister himself recovered from two gunshot wounds to his leg in an assassination attempt during a protest march in Wazirabad.

According to news agency AFP, Omar Ayub Khan, additional general secretary of Mr Khan’s political outfit Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), shared a picture from his visit to a hospital where special security guard Zahid, identified by media only by his first name, was recovering from six bullet injuries to his limbs.

Mr Omar said it was a “miracle” that “none of the bullets hit any arteries or bones” and called Zahid “a brave and fearless soldier”.

Mr Khan’s supporters blocked major roads and clashed with the police who fired tear gas shells during nationwide protests after the assassination attempt on Mr Khan on Friday. Mr Khan was shot in the leg as he waved to crowds from a container mounted on a truck from where he was leading a protest march on the capital to press for early elections and calling for the resignation of PM Shehbaz Sharif.

Senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the party will stage a “peaceful protest” countrywide on Saturday. “The nation will not remain quiet in the wake of an armed attack on party chairman Imran Khan,” he said in a tweet.

Sharif led a coalition of parties that ousted Mr Khan from office through a parliamentary vote in April.

“I will give a call to march on Islamabad once I get better,” Mr Khan said in a live address from Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore.


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