ISLAMABAD: Containers were placed to seal off the red zone area of the federal capital on Tuesday, in an attempt to ward off oncoming PTI protesters from shutting down the city.

According to details, containers have been placed in the various areas of Islamabad, namely Margalla Road, Kashmir Highway and Nadra Chowk. These containers have been placed to thwart PTI supporters from crossing into the sensitive area and initiating their ‘Islamabad Lockdown’ protest movement.

Both the Aiwan-e-Sadr and Prime Minister’s Secretariat are located inside the federal capital’s red zone area.

The previous night, PTI workers led by Pervez Khattak had made their way to Burhan Interchange and had spent the night there. However, on Tuesday morning, police took the protesters by surprise with the use of tear gas shelling and forced them to retreat.

In a series of tweets, PTI chairman instructed KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to retreat with the caravan of PTI workers back to Swabi. Imran claimed that he had issued the instructions so that party workers could rest, regroup and then ‘get more reinforcements’.