‘Plan-C’ in motion: Faisalabad locked down

Published: December 9, 2014
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PTI supporters burn tyres as they pose for media during a protest against the killing of party worker in Lahore on December 8, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

PTI supporters burn tyres as they pose for media during a protest against the killing of party worker in Lahore on December 8, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

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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Reader Comments (30)

  • Ranjha
    Dec 9, 2014 - 3:13AM

    Godspeed Imran. Rid us of the despicable lot!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 9, 2014 - 3:23AM

    When it was clear that Imran wanted dead bodies to heat up things then why government fulfilled his greatest wish? Anarchy flourishes when blood is spilt. Its government’s duty to not let it happen.

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  • Blithe
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:00AM

    I can hear malala cursing Imran Niazi for forcefully closing schools in Faislabad.

    What’s the difference between Imran Niazi and the Tailiban??? They are cut from the same cloth

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  • salman
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:10AM

    Pmln lost Faisalabad today.

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  • sabi
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:25AM

    Government should declare emergency for six months and give army free hand to deal with agitators who are conspiring against the state.We will see no enemy but peace and smooth journey to prosperity afterward.Many would laugh but sooner or later this is going to happen.Yes!

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  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:22AM

    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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  • Samji
    Dec 9, 2014 - 6:36AM

    Pakistan has perhaps the worst set of leaders on the face of this earth. Their ego is what counts to them – people be damned.

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  • Dec 9, 2014 - 8:41AM

    Imran Khan has become a cancer to Pakistan.

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  • Dec 9, 2014 - 9:13AM

    He I mean Imran will be remembered as an anarchist in the political history of Pakistan..

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  • Azi
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:49AM

    @sabi:

    I hope they start with you first in line. Or you can live like a slave all your life. I wonder had you said the same thing if you were alive in times of Quiad-e-Azam.

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  • Waqar
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:09AM

    Imran is responsible for slain worker of PTI. Imran is promoting violence in Pakistan.

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  • Ravian Lahore
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:19AM

    History will never forgive Imran. His violence will always be remembered. He is the most violent politician ever born in Pakistan.

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  • Dilshad
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:21AM

    Imran Khan was trying to get dead bodies since last 4 months and finally he got it.

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  • GOHAR
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:31AM

    I repent on voting for PTI. This party is promoting anarchy and chaos in Punjab.
    They are ruling KPK but their entire focus is on protests in Punjab.
    Entire Punjab is burning due to dirty politics of PTI.

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:34AM

    Imran Khan Plan A.B C D X Y Z would failed, this is not a right mode of protest

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  • Abdul Rauf
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Go Imran Go.

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  • Amna
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:38AM

    Imran, please leave my country Pakistan and go somewhere else.
    Please let us live with peace.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 9, 2014 - 11:05AM

    Govt is willing to count bodies instead of vote counting. It is becoming clear and clear they rigged the elections

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  • sabi
    Dec 9, 2014 - 11:11AM

    @Azi:
    Ok dear let us see what happens…we are smoking them out in mountains we will do it in plains too making sure everybody gets justice..where lies the problem?…

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  • pervaiz
    Dec 9, 2014 - 12:03PM

    pti could not perform any better in KPK where people gave him mandate to rule as good governance. So he now wants to see Punjab also in bitter shape as it is KPK. This anarchist should be behind the bars.

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  • Pervez Shah
    Dec 9, 2014 - 12:13PM

    Shame for IK for doing the dirtiest politics. He is cutting the roots of democracy in Pakistan.

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  • Saood
    Dec 9, 2014 - 1:13PM

    PTI is trying their level best to hide their failure in KPK.

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  • Napier Mole
    Dec 9, 2014 - 1:20PM

    What shutdown? There was only attempts at anarchy by PTI which was not heeded by most of the citizens of the city. Let an investigative journalist provide a closer view of the events in the city and report the fact that the city opened normally on Monday, ignoring the shutdown call, and only closed, partially at that, after the attempts at chaos by PTI workers.

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  • MMB
    Dec 9, 2014 - 2:17PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Brother ch Allah Daad, happy to see that your analysis was based on merit and eventough it was negative towards Imran you still recognised that it was government responsibility to assure this situation would not rise. I just want to say that if I had thousands Pakistani’s behind me who genuinely believa that there was massive rigging and i was unable to get the justice after god knows how many things tried, I would have done the same. If Nawaz understands that thousands of people out there are Pakistanis, than nothing in this world would have been more important to proof your own people the truth specially when you hold 2/3 majority and can make amendments overnight. Why would you let it come so far than creating more and more doubt and fuelling the fire more? Or is there any reason why is it not done even after 19 months?

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  • Feya
    Dec 9, 2014 - 2:46PM

    @Blithe:
    I eat food. The Taliban eat food. So, we are cut from the same cloth?
    There is no need to draw parallels in isolated situations just for the sake of trolling. I’m sure, if you set you heart upon it, you can find more ingenuous ways of doing the same.

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  • Feya
    Dec 9, 2014 - 2:48PM

    @sabi:
    The fact that you don’t believe the government can do this speaks volumes. “Home goal.”

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  • Balochi
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:57PM

    When shall we get rid of Imran Khan???

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  • Sadaf
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:23PM

    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.

    Recommend

  • Naveen
    Dec 10, 2014 - 10:28PM

    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.

    Recommend

  • Leela4fun
    Dec 11, 2014 - 12:45AM

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

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