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.
Riot police — using water cannons as well as tear gas to disperse the demonstrators — took dozens into custody in the process.
Heavy contingents of police, FC, and Rangers began their operation, with at least 8,000 security officials taking part, including 3,000 FC personnel.
Several officers of the police and FC were wounded as violent protestors, scarpering helter-skelter, pelted stones and rocks at them.
The operation is being carried out in light of the court orders.
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.