Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Thursday gave a call for countrywide protests for October 27 after Islamabad police stormed PTI’s youth convention in Islamabad and arrested scores of party activists.

Imran, while addressing a press conference following the arrests of his workers, said his workers and and the planned sit-in on November 2 was planned to be peaceful.

“We told the government that we would remain peaceful if they had remained peaceful. Now the movement will take a different direction,” said the PTI chairman.

He reiterated the call for countrywide protests on Friday and said the police can arrest him if they want “under Section 144”.

Following the PTI chief’s press conference, PTI workers took to the streets in different cities of the country and held sit-ins at major thoroughfares. Cities where PTI workers were staging sit-ins are Karachi, Multan, Peshawar and other major cities.

Meanwhile, two separate FIRs were registered against 43 PTI activists in Kohsaar and Golra police stations under Section 188 of Pakistan Penal Code over violation of Section 144,