In a bid to sabotage the previous ruling party's 'bloody' long march, Punjab police detained at least 1,700 members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in "4,414 raids across the state," Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced on Wednesday.

The minister made these remarks during a press briefing in Islamabad with Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb. 

The administration urged the police not to take a "aggressive approach" during the raids, according to Sanaullah. It should be mentioned that the police have been heavily chastised following a series of raids on the homes of PTI officials. 

According to Sana, at least 1700 people were arrested during the raids. "Of the 1700 persons, 250 signed documents stating that they were not part of the 'fitna' and were permitted to return home, while the remainder were detained under MPO 16 (Maintenance of Public Order)," the minister stated. 

In response to a query, Rana Sana stated that if arrests are made by the government,

Sana claimed in his news conference that people declined to join the PTI's "anarchic" demonstration and instead opted to stay at home. Only "250-300 people came out to demonstrate their support for the old ruling party" out of Lahore's 200 million population, he alleged. 

He claimed that the population preferred to see Pakistan develop democratically rather than as part of a plot to sabotage its progress. 

In response to the demonstrators led by Imran Khan from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the interior minister sarcastically stated that the government was ready to extend its 'welcome' to them. 

He claimed that a plan had already been put in place to 'thin out' the protestors before they arrived in Islamabad. 

When it comes to a Supreme Court petition hearing,

He stated that the government would deal with anyone who was willing to communicate, but that no one would be allowed to take the law into their own hands. "No one has been prevented from practicing their constitutional rights," Sana said, adding that violence will not be permitted. He went on to say that since his government was deposed in April, the government has permitted Imran to hold at least "33 political events." 

The minister also asked the court to consider the events of the 2014 sit-in, such as the attack on the PTV building and Imran's violated promises about the protest venue, when deciding on the PTI's appeal. 

In addition, the minister stated that no agreement has been reached.

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