Following announcements by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to hold sit-ins outside parliament, thousands of participants of the Azadi March and Inqilab March are proceeding towards the Red Zone.
22:30: Information Minister Rashid tells Geo News PTI and PAT did not fulfil any promise. Rashid says the government will demonstrate patience and not use force. “They do not want to negotiate and have their own plans. We have taken measures so they are not successful.”
Rashid adds the government is still willing to hold dialogue with PTI, PAT. “Our focus is protection of lives not politics; we will not take any step which will damage Pakistan.”
22:26: PTI, PAT workers reach Serena Chowk where a large contingent of police is deployed.
22:05: PIMS and Polyclinic hospitals on red alert.
22:00 Army deployed at Prime Minister’s Secretariat
21:55: PTI, PAT workers facing no resistance in moving towards Red Zone.
21:45: PTI Azadi March Proceeds Towards Red Zone
21:40: Religious Ulema have appealed the marchers to resolve political differences through dialogue. Staging protests is a democratic right but suspending life and depriving people of earning livelihood is unacceptable. Ulema further say there should be a limit to the marches and sit-ins.
21:23: PM Nawaz Sharif chairing high-level meeting with cabinet members and senior PML-N leadership. Meeting is discussing the Azadi March and Inqilab March situation.
21:17: PTI chairman Imran Khan says police should welcome them as they are coming for bring them freedom. “No one should come in front of us.”
21:14: Marchers start removing containers placed as barriers in the way towards Red Zone.
21:05: Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri depart for Red Zone
21:00: Police laced with rubber bullets and tear gas, remain stand by along the Red Zone.
20:58: Imran Khan should not take revenge of long march failure from Pakistan, says Shahbaz Sharif. The Punjab chief minister adds that the Azadi March will not be allowed to be turned into ‘destruction march.’
Shahbaz further says attempts are being made to use women and children as human shields to play with Pakistan’s future.
20:49: PPP Patron-in-Chief tweets Imran Khan is carrying out a political suicide attack on democracy
20:49: Azadi and Inqilab March participants combine near Aabpara
20:45: Jinnah Super and supermarkets begin to shut down
20:00: Imran Khan announced that PTI will hold a sit-in outside parliament house.
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19:07: Following Interior Minister Nisar’s announcement, army has been deployed in Islamabad’s Red Zone.
18:45: PAT chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri announces to move sit-in towards Parliament House