Local media reported that about 150 protesters in Islamabad had been arrested by police, who used water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas.
Scores of protesters also came out on the roads in various cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, and other cities of Punjab, and in the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, to protest the crackdown in Islamabad. The security personnel were hit with stones thrown by protesters.
Recent reports suggest that protestors have returned to Faizabad Exchange, where they are being addressed by their leaders. Rescuers and local police have rushed to the site.
They damaged the gate of his house and tried to enter the premises, but were prevented by police.
The lawmaker from NA-133 (Sheikhupura) was in the Batti Chowk area to negotiate with the protesters, Express News reported.
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In the midst of challenging law and order situation, interior minister Ahsan Iqbal alleged involvement of Indian hand in the mischief and said protesters "contacted India" and the government was probing it.
"We can see that they have various resources at their disposal".
Liaqat Baloch also jumped in to register his protest against the use of violence by the state on the protesters.
"COAS [chief of army staff] telephoned PM".
The Federal Minister for Interior chaired a high-level meeting in the presence of Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Inspector General (IG), SSP and Deputy Commissioner, Top security officers from police as well as senior officials of Rawalpindi and Islamabad administrations were present in the discussion. PEMRA's spokesperson said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had directed the regulator to suspend transmission of all private TV news channels.
Earlier, the IHC last Friday gave a 24-hour deadline to the government to clear the roads which was later extended till Thursday.
Protests broke out all across the country after the government started taking action against the participants of the Faizabad sit-in in Islamabad.