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.— Photo by Reuters
.— Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: A mini truck loaded with batons and marbles was stopped by security personnel before it entered Constitution Avenue via Margalla Road on Wednesday evening, police officials said.

Police officers deployed at the Margalla Road picket intercepted the truck and asked the driver where he was going. The driver told them that he was carrying supplies for the participants of the sit-ins, prompting the security team to search his cargo.

During the search, policemen turned up a large quantity of marbles, slingshots and batons. The driver told them that they were for workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Police confiscated the cargo and allowed the vehicle and its driver to proceed without taking any punitive action.

Know more: 'Dama dam mast qalandar' if demands not met by today: Qadri

A police official told Dawn they did not want to cause a scene and had only confiscated the material so that it would not be used against police officials who were supposed to be protecting sensitive buildings on Constitution Avenue. He said that the driver and vehicle were released because the government did not want a confrontation with the protestors.

However, later in the evening, journalist covering the sit-ins for a foreign news agency tweeted a photograph of a bag of marbles, saying they were being distributed among PAT supporters at the sit-in.

Published in Dawn, August 29th, 2014


Comments (19) Closed



vinay singh Aug 29, 2014 07:05am

Shame on PAT :)

Ahmed Ijaz Aug 29, 2014 08:05am

PAT is always suspicious. Is this constitutional? Qadri should be arrested for this

Mustafa J. Aug 29, 2014 08:10am

Marbles, sling shot and bats are evidence of their suspicious motives

az Aug 29, 2014 08:27am

the government is acting too weakly.

Nasir Khan Aug 29, 2014 09:42am

Marbles, batons in a country, where bullet is cheaper than bread & where firearms usage is seen every single day- Strange. Sharifs must be paid back in the same currency & given a dose of their own medicine suggested on 17thJune.

arsh Aug 29, 2014 10:11am

And Qadri claims they are peaceful. :(

Jawad Aug 29, 2014 11:08am

why the government is silent.

Jawad Aug 29, 2014 11:09am

Shame on government by not showing writ

imran ali Aug 29, 2014 11:24am

what the worker do?when they are killed by bullets ......model town incidence

Kashmiri Aug 29, 2014 12:18pm

The driver should have been arrested & investigated.

shoukat Aug 29, 2014 12:36pm

how do u know tht the driver was saying the truth?. maybe the government paid the driver to say these things.

hamid shafiq Aug 29, 2014 02:13pm

mr qadri try to become a leader of innocent people but in reality he is working for elite class I do not know why khar and asif ex people party leader a bigger landlord with qadri. qadri does not know who is Mustafa khar and other people with him. just shouting daily on television and give dead lines for govt is not good behavior for a leader of common man. better to leave inqliaab and insaf back to home and work

hope Aug 29, 2014 02:32pm

Dr Qadri is becoming controversial. Who are we to believe in this mess. ????

Arif Anjum Aug 29, 2014 02:45pm

Great pun! Indeed, the PAT workers have lost their marbles(minds) for good.

Riaz Aug 29, 2014 03:27pm

It shows that TQ is bent on violence and wants more blood to rejuvenate his political career.The discovery of PAT workers being in possession of slings and stones etc should be highlighted on front pages of all newspapers to reveal true intentions of TQ.

Human Aug 29, 2014 03:43pm

awesome planning

& why not

Farhan Aug 29, 2014 05:04pm

Aur iss tarha inqalaab aa jai ga... More like dama dam mast kalandar agenda.

kamran Aug 29, 2014 06:03pm

QADRI wants few deaths to become a hero, May ALLAH TABARAK WATTALLAH save us from Qadri and send him where he equally deserves to be!

Zohaib Akram Aug 29, 2014 07:00pm

What exactly do you expect the people to do when they are threatened repeatedly and have gone through the brutal murders of 17th June in ModelTown. Lets not forget how the police torchouded the people that tried making their way to ModelTown.

These are all measures of self defense. If they really wanted to be violent, there are other weapons out there