Islamabad operation: Authorities use tear gas to disperse protesters, detain dozens | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Heavy contingents of police, FC, and Rangers commenced operation early Saturday morning against the protesters at the city’s Faizabad Interchange, using tear gas to disperse the protesters and detaining dozens in the process. 

The operation was commenced on court orders following expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration.

Prison vans, ambulances are at the site, while helicopters and drones are being used by the authorities for aerial surveillance. Riot police also used water cannons to disperse the protesters. 

Several police officials were injured as protesters pelted stones, rocks at them.

According to district administration sources, the Faizabad interchange is now in control of authorities as the operation continues.

Speaking to Geo News earlier, DC Islamabad Captain (retd) Mushtaq said, “We have issued orders to commence the operation.”

Minutes prior to starting the operation, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) removed the barbed wire fences surrounding the sit-in area, where protesters belonging to a religious party had been demonstrating for 20 days. 

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