Long march begins from Lahore, heading towards Islamabad


Islamabad : Long march has begun from Lahore. Nawaz Sharif is leading the march. Police deployment has been increased in Model Town in an effort to foil long march.

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Police have blocked the roads and said they have directed to stop long march.

Shahbaz Sharif, Qazi Hussain and Imran Khan have already reached Rawalpindi as government issued directives of house arrest of leaders. Dozens of political workers have been arrested.

The city of Lahore has been sealed completely to foil long march.

The administration has issued three-day house arrest orders for Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan, Hamza Shahbaz, Liaquat Baloch, Zulfiqar Khosa, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafiq and other leaders.

Nawaz Sharif along with other party leaders will lead the workers from his Model Town residence to GPO chowk from where long march of lawyers, political workers and civil society will be kicked off.

Large number of workers is gathered outside Nawaz Sharif residence.

Hamza Shahbaz said police have arrested the workers stayed outside Nawaz?s residence overnight.

Meanwhile, lawyers started reaching GPO chowk in groups. Political workers are also present at GPO chowk.

Aitzaz Ahsan was arrested in Allama Iqbal Town when he was on the way to Lahore High Court.

Police surrounded headquarter of Jamaat-I-Islami in Mansura but Qazi Hussain Ahmad has managed to reach Rawalpindi.

Also Imran Khan and Shahbaz Sharif have reached Rawalpindi despite house arrest warrant.

Earlier, police tried to arrest Shahbaz Sharif from the house of Chaudhry Tanveer in Rawalpindi but Shahbaz has managed to escaped before the arrival of police.