A convoy of more than 1,000 workers of Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) clashed with the police after it was forcibly stopped at Balkassar Interchange by Chakwal Police Monday. The clash left several men injured and vehicles damaged.
The procession comprised political workers on more than 150 different variants of vehicles, chanting slogans in favour of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and against the government.
The convoy had started its journey from the residence of PML-Q leader Hafiz Aamar Yasir from Talagang, which upon reaching Naka Kahout near Balkassar Interchange was interrupted by police obstacles.
The procession was stopped and subjected to tear gas shelling in bid to discourage it from proceeding and dispersing the protestors.
In retaliation, the political workers threw bricks and stones at police, injuring a police constable Ain Abbas among others. Also, a police vehicle No CHA-8001 and a vehicle of PML-Q leader Hafiz Aamar Yasir were also damaged.
The procession remained at Balkassar Interchange till 9am Monday, dispersing only upon hearing the news of diversion of Dr Qadri’s plane to Lahore.