The workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf have been asked by the party's leadership to refrain from carrying arms, but besiege police stations and roads in case police try to detain them or confiscate their vehicles.
According to the Dawn, in order to counter police highhandedness ahead of the Azadi March on Aug 14, the Insaf Youth Wing (IYW) has constituted a 3,000-member quick response force called as 'Insaf Youth Special Services Group' (IY-SSG) to give cover to participants of the long march. In spite of repeated warnings by Imran Khan, the PTI Punjab office and residences of party workers were raided by police on Wednesday.
While the PTI officials, including those dealing with media, had gone underground to avoid arrests, meetings have been conducted by the PTI Punjab, Lahore and IYW to counter the situation, the report said. PTI Punjab chapter president Ijaz Chaudhry said that the government had started using police for its political designs. He added that the government would see massive protest demonstrations across the province if police tried to stop protesters from using their democratic right.