Road to Azadi March: PML-N harassing us left, right, centre says Ejaz

Published: August 7, 2014
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 “Regardless, we will leave our home on August 14 with the purpose of restoring democracy to the country and bringing about a Naya Pakistan,” Chaudhry said. PHOTO: PPI

“Regardless, we will leave our home on August 14 with the purpose of restoring democracy to the country and bringing about a Naya Pakistan,” Chaudhry said. PHOTO: PPI

LAHORE: 

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has gone round the bend and is using state machinery to harass Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers, PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry said on Wednesday. “We are committed to holding the Azadi March and will now allow the government’s dirty tactics to hinder it,” he said.

He said that the district administration in Hafizabad had not allowed the PTI to establish a registration camp for the long march. “In Muzaffargarh, our worker, Azeem Afridi, was arrested to deter other workers,” he said. He said the Punjab Police had gone on a rampage impounding motorcycles over suspicion that they could be used to transport workers to the Azadi March. “Regardless, we will leave our home on August 14 with the purpose of restoring democracy to the country and bringing about a Naya Pakistan,” Chaudhry said.

A PTI worker said some law enforcement personnel in civilian clothes visited the PTI Punjab office on Wednesday and asked the guards there about the whereabouts of party office bearers. Workers from south Punjab called on Chaudhry to discuss arrangements for the Azadi March.

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

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Sara
    Aug 7, 2014 - 6:47AM

    I’m the government and its my constitutional right to protect the people of Pakistan and i will use the constitutional institutions to protect the civilians and democracy.
    It is your right to protest, but if you will try to derail democracy and incite violence, i will better make a good example of you so that no one else incite’s violence. Enough in enough Mr Khan

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  • PakPower
    Aug 7, 2014 - 7:16AM

    This Sharif government is a monarchy. It isn’t even remotely close to a democracy. It has to end.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Aug 7, 2014 - 9:05AM

    I have a question. In my city as well Office Bearers of PTI KP chapter are trying to set up local offices and are agitating the people. The people in Pindi know as well that who is more interested in agitation?. Locals or the people of the neighboring province?.

    One question is that Dhaandli happened in Punjab but people of KP are the ones who are protesting Dhaandli for Punjab and in many parts of Punjab as well.?. Why No Dhaandli happened in more corrupt provinces but Punjab is the root of all evils according to others? So Azeem Afridi is setting up the camp for PTI in Muzafargarh while locals are not interested?

    Just imagine an Uproar if some person from Punjab will try to set up office or do any Political activity in Balochistan, KP or Sindh but Punjab is the playground for others right now. Pakistan is for all but Provincial Autonomy is there as well. Let the people of the Province decide what they want.

    One more point. Imran Khan never ever tried to integrate into the People of Punjab. He was born and bred here but never associated with this land. They why he is interested in ruling Punjab when he never showed any Association with this land? He bashed Sharifs but they are the ones who integrated well and own the local culture. What Imran have to offer in this regard?. Development is not everything. Values are important as well. Association with your land and culture is vital as well.

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  • MAD
    Aug 7, 2014 - 10:50AM

    @Chachoo: You are obviously not familiar with national level politics. Long before you were born the people of the province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa were captivated by a politician from Larkana named Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and indeed also supported his daughter Benazir. PTI is a National Party protesting against organized rigging at a National Level and workers from all across Pakistan shall be involved in this protest. Also the epicenter of the protest is Islamabad the capital of Pakistan a city located between Punjab and Khybe Pukhtunkhwa mind you. And whats this about integration with Punjab. please clarify. who is integrated and who is not. Imran Khan a leader born in Mianwali (Punjab), raised in Lahore (Punjab) what more integration do you want my dear? and should this even be relevant. Are you advocating against national leadership/ federal govt? Infact are you advocating against the Federation of Pakistan? Imran Khan is a Pakistani first before all else. Pakistan is his land which includes Punjab, KP, SIndh, Balochistan, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, Northern Areas and Azaad Kashmir.

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  • Usman
    Aug 7, 2014 - 11:38AM

    @Sara: You haven’t seen enough yet. This is a country made from the blood and sweat of our grandparents, my grandparents. This is not an inheritance that the Sharif’s have been handed down. This is not their country to pollute, plunder and destroy as they please. Even a PM can be held accountable if he corrupts the law. There has been attempts to hide rigging in the 2013 elections. This amounts to stealing of a mandate. The law has already been broken.

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  • Not a PTI lover but
    Aug 7, 2014 - 11:53AM

    @Sara – ‘I am an elected government and it is my democratic right to shoot straight fires at innocent civilians, which included women and children, at will’

    Enough is enough. had that model town incident happened in the more developed parts of the world, it would have caused an outrage and brought any government down. That one incident is enough premise to bring this murderous and corrupt PML-N govt. down!!

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  • Usman
    Aug 7, 2014 - 11:54AM

    @MAD: Well said, but reason will fall on deaf ears here my friend. The nation (at least the true burger class) is intent on handing over the country to corrupt politicians and feudals. We have different plans.

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  • Ali
    Aug 7, 2014 - 12:29PM

    All the pain that PTI gets is for Punjab and for none other provinces. 40 people died during Eid holidays and PTI MNA never ever visited the site or to the homes of the grieved persons. Me a citizen of DHA voted for this fool and never do it again. I have never ever seen him after the elections in my constituency. They are no different then the others

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  • Adeel
    Aug 7, 2014 - 5:06PM

    @Ali
    There’s a big difference between 40 people died, and 15 people killed and 130 shot injured.
    Please educate yourself first! Oh I remember there’s no priority on education in our Pakistan, so you must be happy by licking bridges and laptops ?

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  • Tariq Mahmood
    Aug 7, 2014 - 5:22PM

    @Sara: How are you related to them?

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  • Awais
    Aug 8, 2014 - 2:07AM

    @Sara, you sound very much like israel.

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