Virtual siege laid to Model Town once more

LAHORE: In connection with Azadi March of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Inqilab March of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), the capital city police has once again sealed all roads of Model Town, Faisal Town and surrounding areas by putting in place a three-layer cordon that include blocking roads by parking shipping containers and placing other obstacles. 
The police have also beefed up security at all important and sensitive areas and deployed more personnel across the city to avoid any untoward incident.
Police sources said on Tuesday that high-ups have decided to seal the entry and exit points of the city by placing those containers, which were already present alongside roads for the last five to six days, laying barbed wire and other hurdles to control the law and order. 
Tens of thousands resident of these areas, including children, women and the elderly, and patients, who are suffering from different complications, are bound to face miserable life during the coming days as there would be no free movement, no access to healthcare or medication, edibles and other daily-use items. 
The police have completely sealed all roads leading to PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s residence in Model Town by placing containers. Roads leading to Al-Qadria from Model Town, Faisal Town, Garden Town and Akbar Chowk are blocked while additional police contingents have arrived there to maintain security.
The government has been scrambling to deal with the double challenge posed by Dr Qadri and PTI Chief Imran Khan and authorities concerned have brought 70 more containers on rent to close down roads and motorway.
PAT workers, including women, faced serious problems due to complete blockage of supplies, including edibles, water, medicines and other basic items. Several citizens belonging to different areas reportedly tried to provide food, water and other items to PAT workers at Minhajul Quran Secretariat but the police did not allow the same.  
Sources said that the government had allowed the PTI to hold its march but that it had not allowed the PAT to launch its march reportedly because of clash of personal mindsets of PAT Chief Dr Qadri and PML-N top leadership, including Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 
They said that that the Lahore High Court had also ordered the police high-ups not to harass or arrest PTI workers across the province.
On the other hand, a thin contingent of police has been deployed in Zaman Park and its surrounding area only for security purposes. A large number of PTI workers, including women, continued to visit Imran Khan’s residence throughout the day till the filing of this report.

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