'Azadi' march will go on till Nawaz's monarchy ends: Imran

Published: August 3, 2014
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PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing worker's convention in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS/WASEEM NIAZ

PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing worker's convention in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS/WASEEM NIAZ

PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing worker's convention in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS/WASEEM NIAZ Express News screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan.

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman on Sunday assured his party supporters that his ‘Azadi March’ to Islamabad on August 14  will end Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s monarchical rule, Express News reported.

Highlighting the differences between a monarchy and a democracy, Khan said that in a democracy the system is based on merit, the ruler is accountable under the law and does not spend tax money on oneself instead of the nation, contrary to the workings of the Sharif government.

While addressing his workers in Lahore, Khan clarified that he will not end his long march and return from the federal capital till the formation of a ‘naya‘ Pakistan.

Khan went on to warn the government that if it attempted to stop his march or puts him under house arrest, he would shut down the whole country. “It is our constitutional right to protest,” said Imran.

Urging party workers to step out in large numbers, Imran assured them that all security arrangements had been made for their protection.

Claiming that this is a decisive moment for Pakistan, Khan said that he will not strike a deal with the government nor will he call off his march.

The PTI chief said that upon reaching Islamabad, he would provide the government with a few options. Further, he said, re-elections would be conducted under a transparent electoral process.

Further, Khan said that he will hold a series of press conferences, the first one on August 5 to reveal the constituencies which were rigged during the general elections, a second near August 10 to reveal how the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz carried out the rigging and a third to name the people involved.

The PTI leadership had already slammed the door shut on negotiations with the government. Instead, the party began mobilising its supporters for the ‘Azadi’ march at Islamabad’s D-Chowk on August 14.

On August 2, Khan met his party leaders from central Punjab, led by provincial president Ejaz Chaudhry. Together they reviewed preparations for the Azadi March and discussed the possible measures the government might take to prevent the supporters from reaching Islamabad on Independence Day.

Khan directed Chaudhry to constitute a monitoring team to oversee the preparations and the camps and keep a record of performance of office-bearers and ticket hopefuls.

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  • sara
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:16PM

    long live imran khan… COME ON INSAFIANSSSS

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  • Asad@NYC
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:24PM

    Way to go IK!

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  • Sami
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:27PM

    PMLn has misjudged KHAN, a leader cannot be stopped by verbal assault of Pervaiz Rasheed and Khawja Saad Rafique. End to dinning table cabinet.

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  • sabi
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:31PM

    Azadi march will end where next U-turn will be available ok we will have to dig motorway!

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  • String theory.
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:36PM

    I am in march juust request ti PTI dont give any share to TUQ in march as , it is not sure what he will decide quickly

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  • shabeeb
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:38PM

    and after three months there will be fresh elections with same system.

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  • Syrah
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:38PM

    IK I wish you were elected as pm. In current time, you should wait till 5 years

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  • sabi
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:42PM

    Train of progressive Pakistan under NS will pass by putting tons of dust on your tsunami caravan.Pakistan will move forward leaving political orphans licking their wounds.

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  • adnan
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Imran is not sincere with Pakistan. He is power hungry.

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  • Ozair
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:44PM

    So PMLN put their govt on the line for only 4 seats. Looks like our PM is very SMART indeed.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:44PM

    Does he or his supporters care that how much our country will lose economically and socially if he goes ahead with his plans? Would he not stop until everything is destroyed?

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  • Amna
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:47PM

    It is a blessing of Allah that Imran is not PM of Pakistan.

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  • sabi
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:47PM

    Last card of tsunami khan after that retirement from agitation. Thanks God very bore serial coming to end.

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  • bilal bhatti
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:50PM

    Allah bless Pakistan. Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.

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  • mujahid
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Country is in the state of war and Imran is doing politics. Biggest shame for him.

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  • Kawesh
    Aug 3, 2014 - 7:55PM

    I don’t know why people are criticizing IK……!!!!
    PTI adopted all the legal ways against historical RIGGING. If someone will not get the justice!!!!!!!!! What he’ll do????

    Reality is; they saved 4 seats of their “Ministers” and now facing the music.

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  • KHALIL
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:00PM

    Mr. Khan, where is new KPK. Please don’t fool the nation. Imran is the biggest hurdle in country’s progress.

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  • Beggar
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:01PM

    I don’t want de-stability in my country please..I beg you IK.

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  • Wait!
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:06PM

    Gen Raheel should decline to get involve in NS scheme of letting Pak Army to loose respect in people’s while he himself enjoy his wealth & fortune.

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  • nrmr44
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:14PM

    Good man, Imran Khan!
    If elections have been rigged don’t go to the courts – bring Pakistan to a halt!
    If the PM is a “monarch”, don’t go to parliament – bring Pakistan to a halt!
    If you want to be PM yourself, don’t go to the people – bring Pakistan to a halt!
    If you lack ideas yourself, don’t go to better minds – bring Pakistan to a halt!
    If you don’t know what to do with Independence Day, well, why not bring Pakistan to a halt?
    Maybe he thinks it’s an improvement. Instead of going round in circles, just take Pakistan straight down in one vertical swoop!
    A truly wonderful man, Imran Khan!

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  • Aug 3, 2014 - 8:18PM

    Azadi March will happen and will sweep away all these pawns trying to keep this corrupt and selfish government aloft.
    It’s amusing to see the PML-N hardcore supporters who fail to see the demise of the common man under the corrupt governments. They, along with their comments, are like fish taken out from water, trying too hard yet helpless.
    Pakistan Khan we are with you, not for you, but for us, the common man!
    Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Wali
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:25PM

    So we have an ‘inqalabi’ march followed by an ‘azadi’ march…. Great!

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  • roarwali
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:28PM

    Some see him power hungry but many see him a leader with a clear vision for the country. Go on IK and free the country from the monarchists.

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  • Shayan
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:30PM

    It’s going down, I’m yelling timber.

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  • syedzaffar@sky.com
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:30PM

    ET never misses a trick. It starts off printing few pro-IK comments and then gives the platform to a continous sterak of anti-IK bloggers. Totally unfair. So no point in writing or wasting any comments.Will just see you all on 14th August. That would be much more productive and truthful. The rest are all lies.

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  • zaheer khan
    Aug 3, 2014 - 8:54PM

    Dear Khan Sahab

    Your demands for verification of ballots can be accomplished by Courts or EC.

    Either you think that Courts or EC cannot function independently than you should go to Parliment for an independent commission.

    This commission should work for formation of Impartial EC.

    Protesting on streets and creating chaos can only serve vested interests.

    Mr.Khan is afraid of economic agenda of pml n govt.

    He is afraid if PML N complete its five year
    tenure than PTI can never come into power.

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  • SamSal
    Aug 3, 2014 - 9:08PM

    When gen musharraf overthrew the government, it was dictatorship. Now when IK is trying to do the same, trolls call it ‘inqalab’!

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  • zluqman
    Aug 3, 2014 - 9:14PM

    WOW IK. First have a serial of “Inqilab” press conferences in which you will ‘reveal’ the alleged rigging scheme (that of course without any substantial and independent evidence). Why not do it in a single press conference if you have all the proof? Secondly halt and shut down the entire economic activity in Islamabad in particular & country in general ( maybe you want to destroy whatever is left in Pakistan before you build a NAYA Pakistan). What is the ‘Road Map’ of new Pakistan and how is it going to happen by doing this march? Lesson from history – such marches have only resulted in intervention by non democratic forces.

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  • Navaid
    Aug 3, 2014 - 9:52PM

    Mummy daddy crowd will go running back to their parents after the first shots are fired. The only parties that can put up a fight are MQM, PAT, and JI. Get real PTI, you do not have the street power and your NWFP govt is a total failure.

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  • Mamu
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:08PM

    Nawaz Shareef book your flight to KSA in advance. Coz you don’t wanna miss that flight. Coz if you do, then the people of Pakistan will not leave u.

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  • Baba Ji
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:17PM

    Do something this time … Don’t fail on 14th August … This is your last chance IK !!!!

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  • Last Word
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:23PM

    It is difficult to understand what Imran really wants as there is a democratically elected government in place which has the absolute majority to rule the country. Even if the PTI chief has the genuine grievance of rigged elections, the same can only be declared null and void by the judiciary if Imran can produce irrefutable evidence before the honourable courts. Imran Khan, thus has no locus standi to force a lawfully elected government to either resign or call for re-elections which will be totally unconstitutional in a democratic set up.

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  • Aman
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:29PM

    Imran khan – India’s version of Arvind kejrival.
    why should only India suffer??

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:38PM

    Freedom and revolution does not mean jumping out of one cage and falling in another. The basic is the mind!

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  • Abdullah Bajwa
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:40PM

    What is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari doing behind IK in the picture?

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  • hellodrsoul
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:42PM

    To see the real IK, come and see my KPK. He is one of the most incompetent leader trying to destabilize the country for becoming a PM, energized by his new dudes who joined him to extend their ministries. If they were of any good in KPK, then i might have understood his logic. But knowing that his govt is far worse than even the previous govt, he is of no good and just playing a role of like those elements who caused Zia ul Haq to happen back in seventies.

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  • Javed
    Aug 3, 2014 - 10:53PM

    Whether he is monarch or democrat , spending money on himself or people that does not matter , people elected him so you should respect. We always have a desire that some good person should be in the system. Good person won’t last , good system will keep churning out good person. Please IK stop this madness.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 4, 2014 - 12:12AM

    IK’s statement is a kind of Civil Disobedience which is not in the interest of the nation and the country. If he is a nationalist, he should change his attitude.

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  • Salman
    Aug 4, 2014 - 12:21AM

    The Great Khan! We are with you. InshaAllah you are the next PM.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Aug 4, 2014 - 1:06AM

    @Abdullah Bajwa:
    “What is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari doing behind IK in the picture?”

    He is enjoying IK’s, “Look Ma, no hands” performance.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 4, 2014 - 1:21AM

    Forget monarchy , IK could you simply bring your three children to Pakistan to participate in this “tsunami”.

    Stop misleading the youth when you can’t bring your three children up even participate!

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  • Aug 4, 2014 - 2:27AM

    IK how many more press conferences will you do to blame people. You have already alleged former Chief Justice, former chief election commissioner, the whole lot of returing officers, entire election commission, Intellegence Beauru (IB) officer, paksitan’s largest media network, former chief minister of Punjab and God’s knows how many other people.

    Please stop this nonsense now of blaming people!

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  • Imran
    Aug 4, 2014 - 5:26AM

    After 30 years of watching, after 30 years of waiting, someone is going to take down the families running Pakistan & set it free.

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  • deen
    Aug 4, 2014 - 8:37AM

    @adnan:Imran is power hungry. Says Adnan. Who is Adnan? What has he ever done for his country? Who is he to question the intentions of Imran Khan – a man who could be living anywhere in the world enjoying his wealth, instead trying to bring justice and freedom to fools like Adnan who have been enslaved so deeply that they dont know the difference between being a freeman or a total slave.

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  • Dr Khan
    Aug 4, 2014 - 9:55AM

    @adnan;Allah has given Imran Khan every thing in life,he is not power hungry nor he wants to earn more wealth..He is sincerely working to improve this country, which has been destroyed by corrupt people in the 65 years of their rule.

    If PPP and PML N are given even 20 years more to rule thay will not do any thing except making some roads and bridges and increasing their family assets.Country will only progress if we improve the heath and education and do police reforms so that there is rule of law in the country. We need to have a system where people are appointed on merit and not on political or family affiliation.

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  • Dr Khan
    Aug 4, 2014 - 10:00AM

    @mujahid:Imran Khan wants to bring true democracy Pakistan and put an end to politics of dynasty in tghis country for ever.Very soon these leaders whose strings are abroad will run away from here.

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  • JAVAID
    Aug 4, 2014 - 10:03AM

    @shabeeb: Election to be held after one year with new Election Commission under biometric system.Just like election are held in our neighbouring country India.Every political party accepts the election results.Nawaz Shareef had full one year to rewamp the Election Commission but he failed because he was the benificiary of this corrupt Election Commission.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 4, 2014 - 11:44AM

    Anything may happen any time by any one now in Pakistan because Pakistan’s current political conditions have been the most worst by PML-N and the these conditions are indicating that PML-N is not going to complete its tenure like 1999…..

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  • Ahmad Khan
    Aug 4, 2014 - 8:35PM

    If you don’t like a rule,
    Just obey it,
    Reach the top and Then Change the Rule.
    (Adolf Hitler)

    If you don’t like a rule,
    don’t obey it, try to reach the top by hook or by crook and if by that time it suits you don’t change the rule.
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  • sabir
    Aug 5, 2014 - 1:18AM

    luv u IK

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 6, 2014 - 3:15PM

    Go ahead IK and if you got success then there are many political paties here in India who will accept you as roll model and organize such march to quit Modi at the earliest . Good luck .

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  • iCantPredict!
    Aug 6, 2014 - 9:03PM

    One just can’t predict the outcome of 14th August. Because of IK “New Pak” revolution… 14th August us very very important for him. Maybe the Govt already realized the power of this connection, got horrified and started throwing spanner in its wheels & kitchen sink infront of his car, lol. After all is “Said & Done” at the end of the Day… these are just the “games of politics” and can’t be played without people & their emotions. If Imran is bringing a Sonami just climb high, sand bag, channel the emotions.

    Any attempt to block or dam is futile. Keep doing the good jobs in high speed. Just wait until it goes back to the sea along with all the trash and hoardings. €£¥

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 7, 2014 - 4:44PM

    @Ahmad Khan:

    Well said . It’s a Khan’s reply to a Khan .

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  • Sardar Ahmed
    Aug 8, 2014 - 12:29AM

    An International Mediator Faisal Muhammed who have strong grip on Muslim World’s issue
    said today that “International Players also give a green signal for regime change in Pakistan”

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