Gearing up: PTI workers make way to Islamabad for Azadi March

Groups of 15 to 20 workers are travelling to the federal capital in buses and trains.

Our Correspondent August 06, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi chapter activists and supporters have started travelling to Islamabad and Lahore to participate in the 'Azadi March' that the party plans to organise in the federal capital on August 14.

According to party sources, groups comprising 15 to 20 party workers and supporters are travelling to the Punjab in public buses and trains. They are taking precautions to conceal their motive to travel to the federal capital due to fear of being detained.

"We are keeping it a secret because we fear the government will arrest or harass them on the way," said a party leader, seeking anonymity. "We plan to take around 20,000 people from Karachi alone."

PTI Sindh spokesperson Dawa Khan Sabir told The Express Tribune that they have started preparing for the Azadi March and will try to get as many supporters from Karachi as possible. "We have printed handbills, party flags and banners and will set up mobilisation camps in the city from August 8 onwards," he said, adding that they have contacted Islamabad and Lahore-bound bus services to provide vehicles to transport the participants. "We have also asked our workers and supporters to arrange transportation on their own if they can," he said. PTI Youth Wing will conduct a rally from Hasan Square to Mazar-e-Quaid on August 9, to attract more participants for the march.

PTI senior leader Subhan Ali Sahil said that they will start showing their political strength and street power from August 11, when party workers and supporters will start moving to Islamabad for the march.

Sahil alleged that the federal government was threatening intercity bus owners and operators with cancellation of their route permits if they transported PTI workers for the Azadi March. "Such attempts show that the government is in distress but we will show our strength after August 10," he said. "No one can stop PTI workers and supporters from participating in the march."

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th,2014.


Iqbal Hadi Zaidi | 9 years ago | Reply

Imran asked that vote counting be re-done in just 4 constituencies of NA which should not have been turned down by PM Nawaz as it had proved whether elections were rigged or not rigged but PM refusal to Imran proposal meant that elections were rigged. When Imran had announced months back that he will take out Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad, PM should have agreed to his genuine demand. PM addressed the nation on television and offered at his own to form a commission for investigating rigging charges very well proves that he made a desperate attempt to save his chair but Imran has proved more witty than him, rejected PM move and instead stuck to his plan and embarked upon Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad to topple PM Nawaz. Imran is nearing Jehlum and will reach Islamabad in few hours to decide the fate of Pakistan. I pray he triumphs, inshaallah, aamen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / / 15 Aug 1828 hours

Stuck in ISB | 9 years ago | Reply This is going to be funny! Sit back at the house and watch the stupidity of both sides come out!
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