ISLAMABAD    -   The ICT police chief Friday revealed that on May 25, former prime minister Imran Khan, in a video message near Chach Interchange, Attock, had “acknowledged the Supreme Court’s judgement but called upon public to reach D-Chowk”.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad, Dr Akbar Nasir Khan stated this in a report submitted to the Supreme Court, detailing the events leading to PTI workers’ arrival at D-Chowk during the party’s ‘Azadi March’ which ended on May 26. It was June 1 when a five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice, Umar Ata Bandial had directed the capital city administration and spy agencies to submit reports explaining at what time Imran Khan had asked his party workers to reach D-Chowk and whether the crowds entering the Red Zone were ‘organised and supervised’ or their act was random.

“He [Imran Khan] also added that he will also try to reach D-Chowk in an hour or so. The message was telecast on mainstream media channels at 7:38pm. The announcement was also made at 9:54pm after crossing the Attock bridge,” it stated.

The report also mentioned that the PTI had initially informed the administration that it wanted to gather its party workers at the Srinagar Highway, between the H-9 and G-9 area. But later, “Imran Khan in a video message announced to reach D-Chowk via Srinagar Highway and urged party workers / supporters to join him”. The Islamabad IG wrote that the police had closed all the roads leading to D-Chowk on May 25, after the court issued orders, allowing PTI to stage its protest at Islamabad’s H-9. He said, “After the decision of the Supreme Court, police, Rangers and FC were directed to show maximum restraint and they stopped any further action so that the protesters can reach the G-9/H-9 area. However, groups of people led by the leaders kept on moving towards D-Chowk on Jinnah Avenue which is a different route than Sri Nagar Highway.”

The report claimed that the protesters “had come motivated” to cross the barriers and “confront the police and LEAs as per the directions of their leadership”. They were armed with wooden sticks, and pelted stones at LEAs, it said, adding that they were also “using vehicles to run over police officials," who were only having batons to push the protesters. Heavy machinery, it pointed out, was also used to remove containers and barriers, the protesters also set trees and bushes ablaze. the report  “At 7:30pm, the protesters pushed away the containers placed near China Chowk at Jinnah Avenue and cleared the way for their vehicles and expected larger rally,” the report further stated, adding, the police had to resort to tear gas and shelling to prevent them from entering Red Zone.

It further stated that a group of approximately 2,000 party workers, led by Imran Ismail, Saifullah Niazi, Zartaj Gul and others gathered near the Islamabad Stock Exchange building at Jinnah Avenue and they made several attempts to cross the first layer of containers at the edge of the Red Zone and intrude into the Red Zone but they were repelled by the LEAs through use of tear gas shelling.