ISLAMABAD: While advising party workers to finalise their arrangements for the August 14 Azadi March, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership has called upon its followers to take part in the protest ‘at all costs’.
“We have advised all our workers and supporters to breach any obstacles laid out before them and reach D-Chowk on August 14 at any cost,” PTI Additional Secretary General Saifullah Niazi announced following a meeting of the party’s coordination committee in Islamabad on Sunday.
The panel met to review arrangements for the Azadi March.
According to PTI’s plans, party chief Imran Khan will lead a protest rally from Lahore to Islamabad, where it will meet up with rallies originating from other provinces.
“Imran Khan will lead the main rally from Lahore and PTI MNAs and MPAs will take out rallies from their respective constituencies,” Niazi, who is also the coordinator for PTI’s August 14 march, said. He added that a central control room has been set up to monitor the march and Azadi March Action Committees, tasked with key responsibilities, have been constituted at the union council level.
Niazi said the march will continue until every one of the party’s goals is achieved. He said the protest was being organised ‘against all odds’, adding that PTI would not surrender at any cost.
The PTI leader pointed out that his party had a track record of peaceful rallies and processions. He said the government would be responsible if it orchestrated any form of violence against PTI workers.
Niazi also urged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government to refrain from using the army “like it has used the Punjab police, for its vested interests.”
“The Pakistan Army is a national institution and can not be used for political motives.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2014.