PTI protestors baton-charged in Islamabad

Published May 16, 2014
— File photo
— File photo
Pakistani police officers in riot gear walk ahead of a procession organised by the supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf headed by Pakistan's former test cricketer Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, May 16, 2014. — Photo by AP
Pakistani police officers in riot gear walk ahead of a procession organised by the supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf headed by Pakistan's former test cricketer Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, May 16, 2014. — Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf activists protesting against rigging in May 2013 elections, were baton-charged by police near Nadra Chowk in the federal capital city on Friday, DawnNews reported.

A scuffle broke out between the protesters, enroute from their party secretariat to the election commission's office, and police personnel outside the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) office in Islamabad after the capital city's administration barred protestors from proceeding into the Red Zone area.

The administration had setup barricades along the way, with concrete blocks and barbed wire, to prevent the protesting party activists from moving ahead.

The protesters shouted slogans against the government and administration.

The district administration said that the demonstrators would not be allowed to proceed beyond Nadra Chowk to enter the Red Zone area.

Despite efforts by PTI's senior leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who tried to control party activists, the protesters crossed the barricades and moved in front of the OPF office where the clash with police personnel took place.

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