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'Azadi march': PTI activists, police clash in parts of country, police van burnt in Karachi

Lahore police resort to tear gas shelling at Lahore's Liberty chowk

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'Azadi march': PTI activists, police clash in parts of country, police van burnt in Karachi
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Islamabad/Lahore/Karachi: The PTI activists and police clashed in major cities and parts of the counntry on the occasion of long march started by party chairman Imran Khan from Peshawar. 

The clashes turned violent in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad where police resorted to shelling and baton charge to disperse protesters. 

A PTI worker fell from the River Ravi Bridge when police restorted to shelling and tried to drag some protesters. Some PTI protesters burned a police van in Karachi.

Islamabad

The PTI protetsers clashed with the Islamabad police at D Chowk the entire day. There were reports of blazes erupted near D Chowk.

Karachi

In Karachi PTI’s Karachi chapter transformed its protest at the city’s Numaish area into a sit-in after the situation turned tense over the burning of a police van.

The situation at Karachi’s Numaish Chowrangi took a violent turn today evening after the protestors burnt a police van. The protestors had also pelted stones at the police that had inured a superintendent of the police.

The police tried to disperse the protestors by using aerial firing, however, their efforts went in vain. 

Apart from the chaos at Numaish, riots also erupted at the Khudadad Colony Chowrangi and Noorani Chowrangi. 

During the protests, Asif Hasan, who is a photographer for a foreign news agency, was also injured. Geo News cameraman Nasir Ali also sustained wounds.

Speaking about the sit-in, PTI leader Khurram Sher Zaman said that their sit-in at Numaish will continue till Imran Khan asks them to end it. 

Five injured people, including a policeman, have been brought to the Jinnah Hospital, a spokesperson of the hospital said.

The spokesperson said that two of the injured were shot once, while one of them was affected by teargas. 

"One of the persons who got shot in the stomach is in the operation theatre," he told Geo News.

Two persons were provided medical aid and sent home, said the spokesperson, adding that all the patients are out of danger. 

Lahore

In Lahore, violent clashes erupted between the PTI workers and the riot police, as the district administration had blocked all exit points leading towards Islamabad.

The police had to fire tear-gas shells to disperse the PTI workers near Bhatti Chowk, Shahdara, Aiwan-e-Adl, Ravi Bridge and other areas. 

On Wednesday night, police tried to disperse protesters at Liberty Chowk and resorted to shelling. The younger protesters pelted poliecmen with stones.

At some places, the PTI workers attempted to proceed towards Islamabad by pushing aside containers amid tear-gas shelling.

The vehicle of PTI leader Dr Yasmin Rashid was also damaged and she reportedly received minor injuries. Dr Yasmin, in a statement, alleged that the windshield of her vehicle was broken by the police.

To police tried to arrest senior PTI leaders Shafqat Mahmood and Hammad Azhar, who were leading rallies.The PTI lawyers and workers also scuffled with police outside Aiwan-e-Adl and Post Master General office.

The police, however, arrested dozens of PTI leaders and workers including Andleeb Abbas, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Jamshed Iqbal and Ijaz Chaudhry, and some of them were later released.

Earlier, Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Lahore Sohail Chaudhry told a press conference that in the last few days the police had received information that weapons were being brought to the provincial capital to disturb its peace.

The DIG said the police chased five cars near the Motorway. Then the police raided the house of Zubair Niazi, PTI’s General Secretary, in Lahore and recovered a huge cache of weapons, including 13 SMG rifles, three pistols, 26 magazines and hundreds of bullets, which were apparently meant for use during the march, he claimed..

Meanwhile, the cellular services reportedly remained suspended in few parts of the provincial metropolis.

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Nepra notifies Rs7.90 per unit hike in electricity tariff

The people will be burdened with more than Rs 113 billion

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Nepra notifies Rs7.90 per unit hike in electricity tariff

Islamabad: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Thursday notified Rs7.90 per unit increase in power tariff.

The increase in electricity prices by NEPRA was made in the context of the fuel adjustment for the month of May which will be collected in next month's bills. The people will be burdened with more than Rs 113 billion.

The increase will put an additional burden of Rs113 billion on the consumers of 10 power distribution companies. 

However, the notification will not apply to lifeline and Karachi-Electric (KE) consumers.  

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Pakistan

PM Shehbaz Sharif receives Turkiye’s new Ambassador

PM extended best wishes to him for a successful term in Pakistan

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PM Shehbaz Sharif receives Turkiye’s new Ambassador

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif received Turkiye’s new Ambassador Mehmet Pacaci today.

The Prime Minister felicitated the Ambassador on his appointment and extended best wishes to him for a successful term in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan-Turkiye fraternal ties were unparalleled in inter-state relations in terms of mutual trust, understanding and mutual support on each other’s national causes. He expressed hope that during the Ambassador’s tenure, bilateral cooperation will be further strengthened, especially in the trade and investment domains. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed gratitude for Turkiye’s steadfast support on Jammu and Kashmir dispute and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment on Turkiye’s core interests.

Recalling his visit to Turkiye in June 2022, the Prime Minister conveyed that he was looking forward to welcoming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the 7th session of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in Pakistan in September 2022.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the significance of 75th anniversary of Pakistan-Turkiye diplomatic relations and underscored the importance of celebrating this milestone in a befitting manner through commemorative events in both countries.

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PTI's five members Punjab Assembly take oath

Speaker Perviaz Elahi presided over the session.

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Lahore: Five new members of Punjab Assembly of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took oath today.

According to details, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Perviaz Elahi chaired the 41st session of the House. Speaker Punjab Assembly administered the oath to the newly elected lawmakers.

Five new lawmakers of the PTI, who had been notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan on reserved seats, took oath during the Punjab Assembly session.

The ECP on Wednesday had issued notifications for five reserved seats of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the Punjab Assembly following the Lahore High Court verdict.

The ECP had issued notifications for the PTI’s lawmakers Batool Zain Janjua, Saira Raza, Fouzia Abbas Naseem on the vacant seats for women and Habkook Rafiq and Samuel Yaqoob were notified as the lawmakers on the minority seats.

It is pertinent to mention that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on May 26 de-seated 25 dissident MPAs of the PTI who had voted for PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz in the election for Punjab chief minister, stating that they had defected from the party.

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