Islamabad - Things suddenly turned pleasant on Tuesday evening after Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced to celebrate November 2 as ‘Thanksgiving Day’, following a Supreme Court decision of forming judicial commission to investigate the Panama leaks.

The PTI chief’s decision initially served as a shock for the PTI supporters camping in front of his residence at Bani Gala for many days, but they soon recovered and started celebrations.

Speaking to media in front of his residence, Imran Khan termed the development as victory of party workers and asked them across the country to reach Parade Ground here at 2:00pm today (Wednesday) so that they could celebrate the day.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been under immense pressure from opposition parties, mainly PTI, which had vowed that one million supporters would shut down Islamabad on Wednesday as part of its efforts to force the government out of power.

Looking in a party mood, the party workers started celebrations and those workers who had been stopped at the check posts also started pouring in. They started dancing on the tunes of party songs as part of their post-rally celebrations. A large number of female party workers were also present on the occasion.

As the PTI’s announcement reached the check posts, the things took a pleasant turn and the law-enforcers took selfies with the PTI workers they just were hostile to them, and embraced one another. Forgetting days of bitterness, the PTI workers waved to the law-enforcers as they made their way to the PTI chief’s residence as the latter relaxed restrictions on their movement.

Police also let their vehicles cross the check posts.

The barricades were removed; however, police and FC did not leave the check posts on the roads leading to Bani Gala. Some of the PTI supporters and local leaders immediately visited Parade Ground to look into the arrangements for today’s rally.

Earlier in the day, police, FC and PTI workers exchanged harsh words and even entered into scuffle at the check points. The police arrested Andleeb Abbas, a central PTI leader and some other party workers from Korang Road. The lady police, after a scuffle, bundled her into a private bus to shift her to a police station but she was soon released. Police resorted to baton charge and also fired straight rubber bullets at the protesting PTI workers.

Police fired tear-gas shells at scores of PTI workers, including women activists, when they reached Islamabad’s Korang Road from Lahore, to disperse them.

Later in the evening, PTI asked the district administration for permission for today’s rally.

Islamabad traffic police also announced a plan for PTI Jalsa today. The rally would be held at Parade ground Park, Shakarparian. Traffic coming from Peshawar will be parked on I-8 service road, traffic coming from Lahore will be parked at Parade ground parking area and traffic coming from Bhara Kahu will be parked at Shakarparian parking area via Chand Tara Chowk.

Furthermore, traffic coming from airport will be diverted from Khanna Bridge towards Tarlai Road (Tramri) and vice versa for traffic leading towards Lahore. Traffic from Rawalpindi will be diverted on 9th Avenue while Expressway will be closed for traffic from Khanna Bridge to Zero point. Murree Road will be closed from Faizabad to Rawal Chowk and Kashmir Highway will be closed from Chand Tara Chowk towards Shakarparian.