In the cities of Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Islamabad, the capital, thousands of people take to the streets.
Detained in connection with a corruption case, protests broke out in various locations throughout Pakistan. Police responded by using tear gas and water cannons to put an end to the unrest.
On Tuesday, thousands of Khan’s fans demonstrated against his detention on the streets of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and other cities.
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Shireen Mazari, a former minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told the media that at least one member of Khan’s party was slain in Quetta.
Numerous PTI supporters in Islamabad barricaded the major Kashmir Highway, halting traffic on both sides of the street.
Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder claimed “a precarious situation” is brewing after Khan’s detention while reporting from Islamabad.
As news of Imran Khan’s detention spread throughout the nation, demonstrators “took to the streets” and arrests were made, according to Hyder. As far as Imran Khan’s fans are concerned, there is a lot of resentment, and things are becoming worse by the hour.
Hyder noted that authorities had foreseen the protests and had forwarded public warnings against taking part in them.
“Anyone coming out to protest should be arrested,” he warned, quoting the inspector general of the Islamabad police.
Following the two sides’ clashes at several locations around the city, the local broadcaster Geo News claimed that police had detained over a dozen PTI employees.
Waseem Qayyum, a protester, told the dpa news agency, “We will block the entire country and protest until Khan is released.”
Protesters gathered outside the former prime minister’s Zaman Park mansion in Lahore, the second-largest city in the nation, and blocked the surrounding highways by setting fire to tyres. The demonstrators were dispersed by the police using water cannons.
PTI supporters congregated in front of the local party headquarters on Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, the busiest street in Karachi, a southern port city. As large police contingents roped off the area, both tracks of the road next to the PTI headquarters were closed to vehicular traffic.
When the demonstrators attempted to obstruct the road, police officers fired tear gas canisters at them to scatter them.
At Burns Road, the city’s well-known food strip, a group of demonstrators threw stones and set tyres on fire, halting traffic and forcing store owners to close their shutters.
According to Dawn News, demonstrators stopped the Pak-Afghan highway at two spots in the northwesterly town of Landi Kotal, which borders neighbouring Afghanistan.