Independence Day march: PTI refuses to budge

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The core committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday decided to go ahead with the long march on the scheduled date, August 14. 
The march will head towards Islamabad through GT Road under the command of the PTI chief, Imran Khan. The core committee devised a plan in case the PTI chief was put under house arrest. It also includes a way out to deal with the possible arrest of party workers. The core committee also established four committees to make arrangements for the “Azadi March”. Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Javed Hashmi have been assigned to rally workers in Punjab. 
Meanwhile, Imran Khan will oversee the arrangements of the long march from July 22. The Wednesday’s session also endorsed Imran Khan’s statement over recounting of votes in all constituencies. Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and its federal ministers strongly reacted against Imran Khan’s statements, saying that the PTI chief must give up threatening the government and judiciary. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rasheed said that Imran Khan cannot stop government’s “peace and progress march”, adding that every decision and step of Imran Khan is against national unity. 
He said Imran Khan does not accept the election commission and election tribunals either. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Imran Khan wants to wind up democracy by terming the elections disputed. He said that Imran Khan is helping Pakistan’s enemies by spreading anarchy in the country. On Tuesday, while rejecting the results of the last general elections, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) demanded their complete audit. The party termed the present set-up “unconstitutional” and expressed support for mid-term elections as a democratic way for the continuity of “real democracy” in the country.

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