Lahore: Fearing backlash from anti-government protesters, roads leading to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Lahore residence, where he is currently residing, have been blocked and heavy contingent of police deployed.
The move came after Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir-ul Qadri’s supporters were baton-charged outside the prime minister’s official residence in Islamabad. Two person was killed in police firing and over 450 others were injured.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan has said he will file murder cases against Nawaz Sharif and interior minister.
Stating that time is up for the Nawaz Sharif government,Imran Khan said Sharif government is terrorizing people of Pakistan.
The Lahore police on early Sunday placed containers on Raiwind Road leading to the palatial Jati Umera residence of Prime Minister Sharif.
Sharif had left the prime minister house in Islamabad for his Lahore residence, which is sprawling on acres of land, on Friday along with his personal staff.
“Sharif had vacated the prime minister house fearing it might come under siege from the protesters,” a source in the ruling PML(N) said.
His brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif is also living there.
“Sharif will not move to the prime minister house in Islamabad till the police manage to clear the area from Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf and Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tahreek,” the source said, adding Sharif and his family members would not travel by road in the present circumstances.
Meanwhile, the protesters clashed with police at famous Liberty Chowk and the Mall Road here. Half a dozen protesters suffered injuries and were shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger.
On the other hand, a group of Imran Khan’s supporters gathered outside the residence of defence minister Khawaja Asif in Sialkot, some 150 km from Lahore, and pelted stones at it.
Police, however, managed to disperse them. In Multan, some 350 km from here, the Tehrik-e-Insaf activists blocked the motorway road for several hours. Police used baton to disperse them.
Tehrik-e-Insaf Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry said: “Today we will block all entry and exit points of Punjab province. We will bring the life to standstill to pressure Nawaz Sharif to resign.”