‘Jail Bharo’: PTI senior leadership forces itself into prison van in Lahore

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PTI leaders presented themselves for arrest on Wednesday as the party’s ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (court arrest drive) commenced from Lahore, which according to ex-premier Imran Khan is aimed at countering the “attack” on the party’s fundamental rights and the economic “meltdown”.

In a video message, PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said that numerous party leaders and workers, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Ejaz Chaudhry and more, had given themselves up for arrest.

“Around 500-700 PTI workers have given themselves up for arrest,” he added. Chaudhry claimed that the police had arrived prepared with police vans but were “worried after seeing the thousands of people and contemplating what they should do”.

He thanked PTI workers for their response and said the movement would move forward, adding that today’s protest would be limited to Lahore and would continue till the evening before moving to Peshawar tomorrow (Thursday).

There were no reports of arrests so far by the police.

Separately, the PTI shared footage of party leaders, including Qureshi and Senator Azam Swati, sitting inside a police van. The party also claimed that those responsible for making the arrests had “vanished”.

Speaking from inside the van, Qureshi said he was “happy and satisfied” at the PTI vice chairman giving himself up for arrest first. He called on the people to “break the shackles of fear” and venture out.

Umar and Omar Sarfraz Cheema were also with them.

A Dawn.com correspondent was able to verify that the PTI leaders had forced themselves into the prison van.

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