Blocking NATO routes: K-P police register cases against 40 PTI workers

Published: November 25, 2013
PTI workers block the way of a Nato container in Peshawar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PTI workers block the way of a Nato container in Peshawar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police registered cases against 40 workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for manhandling trucks going through Nato supply routes, Express News reported on Monday.

On November 24, PTI supporters – as a protest against US drone campaign – had blocked Nato supply routes leading to Afghanistan.

PTI workers had staged a sit-in on the Ring Road near Chamkani where they checked hundreds of container.

In their quest to distinguish Nato trucks from regular cargo carriers, workers had broken the seals of dozens of containers for the inspection of goods and had brawls with the drivers in the process.


The call for a sit-in was earlier made by PTI chief Imran Khan, after his governing party in K-P passed a unanimous resolution against drones and set November 20 as the date of a rally.

In Nowshera, around 150 PTI activists led by K-P Assembly member Idrees Khan set up a protest camp near Khairabad Bridge where participants chanted anti-US and anti-Nato slogans.

A number of PTI activists in Kohat also staged a sit in at the Jarma Chowk on the Indus Highway to halt Nato supply trucks passing through the area.


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Reader Comments (32)

  • tweety
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:10AM

    and what did our police do about the drone strikes and civilians killed???


  • Nawaz Sharif
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Earlier the haters were (rightfully) condemning Khan for allowing his workers too beat up the drivers. Now KP police has registered cases against those same workers, but haters will again find some reason to hate.
    ET please show some guts and post this


  • Nov 25, 2013 - 11:15AM

    At least they took a step… Bavo!


  • AK47
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:25AM

    What about victims of suicide attacks?


  • yaz
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:29AM

    It’s good of PTI to act against its own. That’s CHANGE!


  • let's see
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:32AM

    Now let’s see if they are sent to prison and fined in “Naya Pakistan” or will they be released on bail or not even arrested in the first place?


  • Fahad
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:33AM

    The point is that Drones are linked to Suicide bombs. When their is a Drone strike, it follows suicide bombs.
    Once Drones stop, the suicide bombs will stop and hence the NATO supply will be resumed.
    And every body will live happily ever after. Obama what are you waiting for?Recommend

  • T Khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:39AM

    Why only workers? Why not Imran Khan? IT was him after-all who is ordering the cult members to block trucks/supply.


  • Shaikh
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Good to know that Police is not keeping loyalty with any party, instead they are being loyal to their job….

    Is it the Change IK spoke of?


  • Sarah
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:07PM

    Role of Imran is gradually becoming visible. This happens when you do not interfere in Police.


  • Optimist
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Just remember, Its the PTI government that has empowered the police to register FIR against its own activists.


  • Spock
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Would KP police show some sincerity and book a case against Imran Khan for inciting his workers to do an violent act?


  • Salman Hussain
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Its a good step taken by PTI Chief I am with PTI workers and Imran Khan as well, PTI Zindabad, who are against this protest they must have dollars of NATO / America, in foreign bank account, Imran Khan doesn’t has, so he doesn’t need to dare from any pressure because he is the leader not Politian.


  • Nov 25, 2013 - 1:35PM

    Naya pakistan is just topi drama…Let’s see when will police arrest imran khan, he is the one behind all the hoopla. Et please post me comment.


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  • Anon
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:18PM

    @AK47: what about them? how do people like you keep making the same stupid equivalence?


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:47PM

    A folklore story which would most definitely make the “Aesop’s Fables” a 100 years from now:


    There was a country called Pakistan where a political party protested against the hegemony and imperialism of United States of America in a province called KPK. But the government of that province which was also the governing arm of PTI refused to take part in such a nonsensical exercise for fear of offending those who poured in money to help the rehabilitation of the people of KPK.

    The workers of PTI staged a Dharna a.k.a. Sit-In to block the supply line of trucks making their way into Afghanistan in support of USA and an alliance called NATO. Then the government of PTI lodged criminal proceedings against the workers of its own for such vigilantism.

    End result: People doing this Dharna were stopping themselves from staging this dharna!



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    The policies of PML(N) and PTI actions on ground are taking the country to a chaotic situation. Both the Federal and KPK provincial governments are encouraging open lawlessness.No one seems to be addressing the issues. Recommend

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  • Nov 25, 2013 - 7:15PM

    We’ve come a long way in our decade long partnership. We’ve lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting terrorism. Our common sacrifices clarify our stance against terrorism. The truth is that we’ve also faced several obstacles and challenges in our decade long partnership. But at the end of the day, our common peace objectives have allowed us to overcome any obstacles and issues associated with our common mission. We’ve seen the negatives of staying on the opposite sides of the fence, and at the same time, we realize the benefits of working side by side. Our officials continue to meet to address our shared concerns. And we certainly hope to continue our partnership for the sake of restoring peace and stability in the region.

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    DET, United States Central Command


  • Nida Alvi
    Nov 25, 2013 - 8:28PM

    These are the poor workers following their “leaders”, on whose instigation they have started breaking the law of land.
    If the Police is to be fair, it must also register the case against those so-called leaders for provoking & misguiding them.


  • Kohestani
    Nov 25, 2013 - 8:38PM

    @Optimist{{{Just remember, Its the PTI government that has empowered the police to register FIR against its own activists.)))

    This is hilarious. First Imran Khan asks his party supporters to block the NATA supplies and at the same time his government orders police to arrest those who are blocking NATO supplies. Difficult to decide whether it is hypocrisy of stupidity, or may be both…


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  • Saz
    Nov 25, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Lol PTI govt. PTI members….has a feel of a family drama to it.


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    Nov 26, 2013 - 1:12AM

    The chaos that TTP had ordered PTI/JI to create are starting.Nobody is noticing their intensified campaign of bombing innocents(now many attacks a day).They are succeeding in their mechanizations.Their road to Islamabad and governance is fast becoming short.The talibanic version of Sharia will be the law of the land in 2014.You get what you wish for !!!!!


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    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:23AM

    Okay ! What is going on here? KP government is protesting and KP police is registering case against protesters. Can anyone make any sense out of it?


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