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.