Islamabad rally: Imran warns of ‘tsunami march’ on May 27

Published: May 7, 2012
A charged PTI supporter shouts slogans at the rally . PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

A charged PTI supporter shouts slogans at the rally . PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

Party workers, leaders making arrangements for march expected to be attended by thousands. PHOTO: ZAHID GISHKORI/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE PTI organises ‘judiciary solidarity rally’ in Islamabad on May 6. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/EXPRESS PTI Chairm­an calls on Nawaz Sharif to take brave decisi­ons, quit the govern­ment. PHOTO: PTI CENTRAL MEDIA CELL A charged PTI supporter shouts slogans at the rally . PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Joining the chorus demanding the ‘convicted’ prime minister to resign, Imran Khan threatened on Sunday that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf would unleash a ‘tsunami march’, if the government did not honour the apex court judgment.

The apex court last month convicted Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani in a contempt case for his refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Addressing nearly 5,000 supporters at a rally in Islamabad, Imran announced that his party would stage a decisive rally at Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh on May 27, if the premier did not resign voluntarily.

“Let’s stand by the judiciary and through street power force the government to implement the court’s order in the contempt of court case,” he told his supporters.

The PTI chief accused Gilani of protecting “the money of a robber” instead of saving the assets of people. “Gilani should save the country rather than the president,” Imran said, adding that the corrupt ruling clique would never accept an independent chief justice.

Imran also censured the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), urging Nawaz Sharif to act like a ‘real lion’ rather than a fake one and ask his party to resign from the assemblies.

Condemning the parliamentary resolution in favour of the prime minister, Imran said it was a shame that a lawmaking body was undermining the judiciary. “The resolution was passed in favour of Gilani who is protecting the corrupt. The government knows if the Swiss cases are reopened, their corruption will be exposed,” he said.

The PTI chairman also highlighted how the United States had already ‘ridiculed’ Pakistani parliament by conducting drone strikes, adding that such attacks undermined parliament.

Addressing the crowd, PTI President Javed Hashmi said that the Supreme Court was the face of Pakistan. “I told you (Imran) that I am a rebel. Today, the whole Pakistan has become a rebel,” he added.

PTI Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the government was letting down the judiciary in an effort to undermine its independence. “It’s time to save Pakistan, not the chair of the prime minister,” he said.

Future strategy

The PTI chairman also held a meeting on Sunday to chalk out a strategy to compel the government to implement the Supreme Court’s orders, PTI leaders told The Express Tribune. Imran discussed preparations for an upcoming march and how to upstage the PML–N which has already begun a movement against Gilani.

Low turnout

To pave the way for a big show on Sunday, PTI workers held a solidarity walk on Saturday – Mashal Tsunami – which ended at the official residence of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

On Sunday, thousands chanted slogans against the president while marching towards D-Chowk in front of the Parliament House.  However, the turnout was lower than previous gatherings and claims by party leaders to gather 10,000 to 15,000 people on Sunday proved untrue.

PTI Senior Leaders Khurshid Kasuri and Dr Arif Alvi conceded that even though the turnout was low, the rally was only a rehearsal for the May 27 Liaquat Bagh rally.

Around 1, 000 security personnel were deployed and a traffic plan was chalked out in which alternate routes were opened for people attending the rally.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Ah
    May 7, 2012 - 5:28AM

    Imran is already the new leader of the nation

    gilani is not the PM


  • Khurram Khalid
    May 7, 2012 - 5:41AM

    What we see is Judges party, PTI, PMLN and the establishment party alliance. What they have in common is Punjabi Chauvinism and hatred for the PPP but Ifitkhar Chadhary, Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Shuja Pasha can not even sit two hours together.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 7, 2012 - 6:53AM

    When turn out is low, they call it a rehearsal. How many rehearsals they need before real Tsunami? They should ask “Director”, if no one in PTI knows the answer.


  • ali
    May 7, 2012 - 6:58AM

    Good one kaptaan..plz get rid of this govt. who has made our beloved country a slave to terrorist USA…


  • khalid
    May 7, 2012 - 7:17AM

    on may 27 jalsa will be held in liaquat bagh. It is not a tsunami march.


  • PTI zindabad
    May 7, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Tsunami, tsunami, tsunami! We want tsumani!


  • Mirza
    May 7, 2012 - 7:57AM

    The legal process in the court is not complete yet. Only the other day CJ has told that he is going to appoint more judges for the new bench for PM’s appeal. Why we cannot wait till the legal process is complete?
    The CJ and PCO SC already are controversial for their inaction against PML-N attack on SC building and corruption cases. Why should the political parties make it look like a rightwing tool and not the SC of Pakistan? CJ was close to IK and JI during the last days of Gen Mush. This is a payback time or quid pro quo.


  • Yasin
    May 7, 2012 - 8:40AM

    Low turn out seems a concern. Come on Pakistan. Now or never


  • ahmad
    May 7, 2012 - 8:49AM

    could not gather 10000 people. where is gen. pasha!


  • Iram
    May 7, 2012 - 9:28AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: you will see a sea of people on 27th.


  • Faysal
    May 7, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Change the names from his speech and you will not be able to tell wether the speech was delivered by Imran Khan or Firdous Ashiq Awan. So much for the vision of the great leader……


  • Asifa Khan
    May 7, 2012 - 11:03AM

    PTI is the B team of PPP. PTI is the helper of PPP and Zardari. They are just aplitting votes of PML(N) in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and thus PPP would be able to win reasonable number of seats in the coming elections. I believe that Imran is playing a very bad role at the moment and country will suffer a lot in the coming days due to this. PTI is just dancing on the signals of agencies and establishment. It was a very poor show at Islamabad with very little gathering.


  • Kashif Hussain
    May 7, 2012 - 11:08AM

    Very low tunover. It was a quite poor show. PTI should leave the politics of helping Zardari. Due to present politics of PTI, Zardari will be the main beneficiary. Imran Khan is just a cricketer, not politician.


  • zeeshan
    May 7, 2012 - 12:50PM

    i was there yesterday….. one thing i must say to all critics of PTI……… I personally felt the heat of emotions in that jalsa.. people were too much enthusiastic and most importantly 90% were highly educated people came along their families…….it was a huge gathering believe me… is not covering it well…..


  • Altaf Khawaja
    May 7, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Evil role being played by Imran Khan. He is supporting PPP by opposing PML(N). There is Noora Kushti between PPP and PTI. Only leader in Pakistan is Nawaz Sharif because he is a “Made in Pakistan” man. Imran criticizes Nawaz Sharif in every speech. He is acting as per the script provided to him by establishment. In short words, he is ultimately giving benefit to PPP and Zardari.


  • fazal mehmud
    May 8, 2012 - 12:26AM

    imran khan only hope of pakistan


  • Usman Khan
    May 10, 2012 - 12:46AM

    The Great Game….

    Asif Zardari(Master Mind),
    Objective:Divide the vote bank of PMLN…

    Imran Khan (Partner 1)
    Objective:Divide the votes in North Punjab…

    Yousuf Raza Gillani (Partner 2)
    Objective:Divide the votes in South Punjab….

    Aim:Hung Parliment which will be forced to re-elect Zardari…


  • Aamir khan
    May 25, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Joining the chorus demanding the ‘convicted’ prime minister to resign, Imran Khan threatened on Sunday that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf would unleash a ‘tsunami march’, if the government did not honour the apex court judgment.


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