ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari on Saturday said that the Punjab government was taking measures to stop people from attending the anti-rigging rally, set to take place at D-Chowk in the federal capital on Sunday.
Speaking to a private TV channel, she said that the Faisalabad administration has closed down all bus stands, preventing people from travelling to Islamabad for a peaceful rally. She said that she has received reports from Multan, Sargodha, Silakot, Mandi Bahauddin and Lahore that police pressurising bus drivers not to take PTI supporters to the rally.
The PTI spokesperson said that obstacles were being created, pressure was being used and threats were being made to stop party workers and supporters from attending the rally. “Our workers in Rawalpindi have been threatened by the police,” she said, adding that police and the Intelligence Bureau were going to houses and harassing workers.
She also said that bus owners who were hired to transport supporters to Islamabad have refused to do so saying that the government has threatened to cancel their permits if they provide transportation to the PTI supporters. Despite these hindrances, Dr Mazari was confident that workers will attend the rally.
The spokesperson said a caravan from Quetta was also en route to Islamabad and that no obstacles were reported so far while a caravan from Dera Ghazi Khan has already reached the federal capital. The PTI workers will stage a protest where ever the government would try to stop their caravans, she said.