IN PICTURES: How the Islamabad operation unfolded | Pakistan

Ambulances and prison vans swarmed Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange early Saturday morning, with helicopters and drones circling the site for aerial surveillance, as law enforcement agencies (LEAs) commenced a crackdown against protestors here.

Two women — allegedly part of the protestors — stand facing the law enforcement agencies during an operation at Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News

Riot police — using water cannons as well as tear gas to disperse the demonstrators — took dozens into custody in the process.

Law enforcement agencies detain a protester at Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News

Heavy contingents of police, FC, and Rangers began their operation, with at least 8,000 security officials taking part, including 3,000 FC personnel.

Law enforcement agencies detain a protester at Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News

Several officers of the police and FC were wounded as violent protestors, scarpering helter-skelter, pelted stones and rocks at them. 

Law enforcement agencies detain a protester at Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News

The operation is being carried out in light of the court orders.

Law enforcement agencies detain a protester at Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News

Minutes prior to starting the operation, LEAs removed the barbed wire fences surrounding the sit-in area — which had been in place for 20 days.

Activists of a Pakistani religious group throw rocks toward the riot police during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25, 2017. AFP/Aamir Qureshi
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