LAHORE: Days before Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is to hold a massive rally against the alleged incompetency and corruption of the government, the party’s Punjab chapter has outlined the route the party will take to reach Islamabad.
Elaborating the party’s plan of action, PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhary on Wednesday said the rally would commence from the Grand Turk Road where all the party leaders, workers and general public will gather on August 13 before moving towards Islamabad.
The party president further stated that instructions have been sent out to all the party office-bearers so that they make arrangements to join the main convoy in Lahore on August 14. The main convoy will be headed by PTI chairman Imran Khan.
“The stakeholders have been asked to establish mobilisation camps at every five kilometres along the GT road to facilitate the participants,” he said, adding that party leaders have also been asked to make arrangements for the mass gathering to ensure things run smoothly.
PTI’s Punjab president told The Express Tribune that stakeholders were given the task of providing transport, potable water and food for the participants attending the Million Azadi March.
The main convoy is bound to leave Lahore between 10am and 12 noon from Mall Road of Nasir Bagh. “I have warned the government not to create hurdles for the party. It is the democratic right of every political party to hold a rally and protest against the wrongdoings of the government,” he said.
Apart from taking care of the participants, stakeholders have also been tasked to add people to the rally. Every PTI leader from southern Punjab is to ensure that 200 people participate in the rally. For west and central Punjab leaders the target is 400 people per person.
“PTI has 87,000 office bearers from union council to provincial council and we are hopeful that about 300,000 people from Punjab alone would join the Azadi March,” Chaudhary said.
PTI leader said that the party had decided to invite all political parties. “I will personally visit the leadership of various political parties to invite them formally,” Chaudhry said. PTI would also request PAT leader Tahirul Qadri to join hands in this March, Chaudhary added.
PTI chief Imran Khan was to chair a meeting on Friday (today) in Islamabad to finalise arrangements and strategy for the Million Azadi March.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.