ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has fixed July 15 for consultation meeting of PTI Core Committee to make “Azadi March” on August 14 a successful event.
The Core Committee meeting would be presided over by Imran Khan, who is expected to arrive from London today (Monday).
PTI Senior Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said, “No power can stop them from participating in the million march” towards the federal capital on August 14. He told the media on Sunday that PTI supporters would reach Islamabad on the Independence Day, despite government’s likely blocking of roads through barricades.
Qureshi said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan has invited all political parties to make this march successful and the opposition parties were contacted in this regard.
PTI protests have remained peaceful in retrospect and the “Azadi March” would be conducted in a similar manner. He said PTI would remain peaceful until the government creates hurdles that can lead to clashes between ruling party activists and protesters. Answering a question, PTI’s vice chairman said that it is the government’s responsibility to maintain law and order, for chaos often results due to its failure.
The PTI leadership decided the date and venue of the “Azadi March” on August 14 in accordance with the “Independence Day” in the federal capital after complete discussion and consultation.
Shireen Mazari said, the PTI had consulted parliament, courts and tribunals for seeking justice regarding rigging during the general elections of May 2013, but in vain, adding that a peaceful protest is the democratic right of the masses. She also said that the “Azadi March” would strengthen democracy in the country.
Responding to Saad Rafique, Mazari said the PTI chief went to London for collection of funds for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and not on a business trip. She alleged for the launch of Maryam Sharif’s Youth Programme Rs 142 million were spent on the campaign by the present government.
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