‘Plan-C’ in motion: Faisalabad locked down

PTI, PML-N workers fight pitched battles; PTI activist killed, two dozen wounded

Our Correspondents December 08, 2014

FAISALABAD/ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced a day of mourning on Tuesday after a party worker was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on their rally near Nala Lai in Faisalabad on Monday afternoon.

The incident prompted protests in various cities of Pakistan including Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi. PTI chief Imran Khan said that they are ready to counter the oppressive rule of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and that all district headquarters will stage funeral prayers for the slain PTI worker Haq Nawaz on Tuesday.

An FIR has also been lodged against Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali and former Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah among 300 people.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Minister has constituted a three member investigation committee to probe the incident. The Punjab government has also announced a bounty worth Rs5 million for information that would lead to the arrest of the assailant.

PML-N leaders have denied that the assailant was affiliated with their party.

Showdown in Faisalabad 

Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) fought pitched battles on the streets and roads of Faisalabad throughout Monday on the first leg of Imran Khan’s ‘Plan-C’ which envisages shutdown of major cities followed by a nationwide paralysis.

One PTI activist was killed and nearly two dozen people – among them policemen – were wounded, three of them critically, as hundreds of PTI activists clashed with riot police armed with water cannon, teargas shells and clubs in different neighbourhoods of this industrial city, especially at Novelty Bridge.

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Rashid pins blame on Imran

Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday laid the blame for the Faisalabad mess at the door of Imran Khan’s provocative speeches.

He told a press conference that Imran has become nuisance for the country, its economy and poor people, adding that PTI’s tigers have performed their role in Faisalabad which caused death of one innocent worker.

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CM orders probe as FIR registered 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of incidents of hooliganism and firing near Novelty Bridge in Faisalabad and sought a report from the regional police officer.

He said that those involved in the deadly firing should immediately be arrested and action be taken under the law. He said that he was deeply grieved over the loss of life and ordered the police to arrest the persons responsible without any delay.

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Imran announces day of mourning

Calling the Faisalabad shutdown a historic and resounding success, PTI chairman Imran Khan announced a countrywide day of mourning for PTI worker Haq Nawaz who was killed during clashes with PML-N workers earlier in the day.

“People across the country will offer Ghaibana Namaz-e-Janaza and express their anguish over the killing of the PTI activist,” he said while addressing a crowd at D-Type Colony Chowk where thousands of PTI workers staged a sit-in throughout the day.

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Leela4fun | 6 years ago | Reply

Could it be that IK is causing all this anarchy and chaos because he is an agent of foreign countries?

Naveen | 6 years ago | Reply

Could some one remind the Chief Minister that his party is full of Gullu Butts and firing on protesters is nothing new. May I remind him that his police had massacred 14 political activists at Model Town on his behest, how come no body is held responsible for that massacre. We know and he knows that it was him who had ordered the police to open fire on those protesters. Time is running out on these two brothers and they will be prosecuted for that massacre unless they run away from the country like they have done it before. Why are they so afraid to have ballot verification in the 4 constituencies IK had demanded more than a year ago. It seems they have come to power through vote rigging and now they don’t know what to do but use violence and this violence is going to seal their fate in the coming months.

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