The Islamabad police on Sunday issued a clarification regarding a “viral video” that had linked the presence of police outside PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s Banigala residence with alleged plans to arrest him.

The capital city police, through its Twitter account, rejected the notion and clarified that heavy police presence outside Imran’s residence was to disperse a protest staged by teachers from Punjab, where the PTI is back in power.

Footage being shared on social media showed that police personnel and vehicles were present at Banigala, while its entry and exit points were blocked.

Responding to the footage, the Islamabad police said: “The police security was deployed yesterday due to the protest of the teachers of Punjab. All the protesters were dispersed only last evening. There was no such activity around Banigala house today.”

The police said “wrong information” was being spread among the public via the video and requested people to desist from spreading such information without verification.

The Islamabad police also requested provincial governments to resolve such matters at their level.

On Tuesday, teachers and clerks associations had threatened to stage a protest outside Imran’s residence on August 11 against the appointment of the District Education Authority’s chief executive officer.

The protesters had carried placards, chanted slogans against the Punjab government and demanded to withdraw the decision of appointing a new chief executive officer.

Protest leaders had said teachers and clerks would continue to sit in front of the CEO’s office if their demands were not met and after Ashura, all the teachers and employees of Rawalpindi district will stage a protest in Banigala.

Opinion

Editorial

Crisis conference
Updated 04 Feb, 2023

Crisis conference

PTI's refusal to engage with the govt in such testing times will only be seen as sign of ideological bankruptcy.
Revenge politics
04 Feb, 2023

Revenge politics

A SENSE of déjà-vu prevails as cases pile up against PTI politicians, many of whom, along with their allies and...
Inappropriate remarks
04 Feb, 2023

Inappropriate remarks

OFFICIALS of the state, especially when representing the country at international forums, need to choose their words...
Delay in the offing?
Updated 03 Feb, 2023

Delay in the offing?

Govt must realise that political stability in the country cannot be achieved by extra-constitutional actions.
Divisions in PML-N
03 Feb, 2023

Divisions in PML-N

DISCORD and drama in PML-N ranks escalated this week when Shahid Khaqan Abbasi revealed he no longer holds a party...
Wikipedia ‘downgrade’
03 Feb, 2023

Wikipedia ‘downgrade’

ATTEMPTS to police the internet by states, often by giving opaque justifications for the action, are never a good...