At least one person has been killed and six others injured as protests against prolonged power outages turned violent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Malakand district on Monday.
Clashes between the protesters and law enforcement agencies left one person dead after enraged protestors burned the local police station.
Meanwhile, a mob led by a member of provincial assembly (MPA) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Fazal Ilahi blocked Ring Road in Peshawar as they protested excessive loadshedding in the province.
Moving away from the busy street, Ilahi took the procession towards Wapda House in a bid to enter the premises. However, a heavy police contingent arrived at the scene and guarded the gate of the power distribution company’s office.
Ilahi later claimed that he had been called to Wapda House for negotiations, but was not being allowed in by the police, who he claims were manhandling his supporters.
The new protests come days after some PTI members were arrested for ransacking the Pesco office in Batkhela amid protests against the frequent power outages.