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PTI refuses to strike deal on long march

* Party warns any attempt to arrest Imran Khan or take him into ‘protective custody’ will be resisted with full force

ISLAMABAD: The Core Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Sunday resolved that the “Azadi March” will take place and any attempt to arrest the party chairman, Imran Khan, or take him into “safe custody” will be resisted with full strength by the party workers and leadership.
The Core Committee also made it clear that the party will demand Nawaz Sharif’s family must pay compensation to all those whose livelihood was impacted by the barriers and impediments placed by the government, including the poor container owners, to stop PTI exercising its democratic right to protest peacefully. The committee demanded that all containers must be removed immediately and petrol stations opened. It also demanded the Punjab government immediately implement the LHC order regarding the impounded motorcycles and called for their early release. 
The party said there would be no compromise on Azadi March. A statement issued after the meeting said Imran Khan will on Monday (today) reveal the “planned massive rigging that took place in May 2013 elections”. The core committee sent the party workers a clear message that they must make it to Islamabad at all costs and come prepared with basic supplies. It said that the government should know that the PTI workers and leaders will come to Islamabad even if they have to walk.
The PTI Core Committee also resolved that if anything happened in which democracy was derailed Nawaz Sharif and his government will be solely responsible. The committee offered Fateha for the two PTI office-bearers who were murdered in Karachi. Later, talking to media persons senior PTI leader Javed Hashmi said that Imran’s arrest would be the biggest blunder of the Nawaz Sharif government. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be responsible for derailment of democracy.
PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari said that her party would strongly resist any attempt by the government to detain Imran Khan. She demanded that the government open fuel supply and remove containers from roads. No container, she said, can stop PTI’s workers from coming to Islamabad to join the Azadi March on August 14. “Nawaz Sharf will have to resign,” she said while urging party’s workers to bring rations and necessary food supplies to Islamabad for the long march.
Mazari also promised that if the PTI comes into power, it will compensate damages caused by the government’s “ruthless” policies to tackle long march by selling out the assets of the Sharif family. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said that his party’s workers were not afraid of arrests and jails. He reiterated his party’s resolve to continue its struggle for strengthening democracy in the country.

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