ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After reaching a final decision not to allow Imran Khan's 'Azadi March' on the capital, the government arrested hundreds of PTI leaders and workers on Tuesday to derail the party's plans for a massive power show in Islamabad.
Section 144 was imposed in all major cities across the country, while the Punjab government sought to deploy Rangers to maintain law and order.
Freight shipping containers have been placed on roads to obstruct traffic entering and exiting major cities.
An official tally shows that law enforcement agencies have arrested over 1,200 PTI workers and leaders from various divisions of the Punjab province.
PTI Islamabad President Ali Nawaz Awan told the press that police were arresting and harassing party workers in violation of Islamabad High Court orders (IHC).