KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) will hold sit-ins at more than 24 locations in Karachi on December 12, announced its leader Subhan Ali Sahil on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, Sahil said they will block all major thoroughfares of the city and protest peacefully to demand the government to hold an independent audit of the rigging that took place during the 2013 general elections.
“In the last general elections, we received 0.85 million votes from Karachi,” said Sahil, who is also a member of the PTI’s Karachi committee. “We will make the December 12 protest successful with the help of our workers, voters and supporters. A large number of women will also participate in the sit-ins,” he said.
According to the PTI’s media coordinator for Karachi, Jamal Shahid, the party plans to block major thoroughfares and commercial areas, including MA Jinnah, Sharae Faisal, Hasan Square, Numaish Chowrangi, Sohrab Goth, Teen Talwar and Quaidabad.
The December 12 sit-ins in Karachi are part of Imran Khan’s ‘Plan C’ for a countrywide shutdown, which he revealed during a rally in Islamabad on November 30. The party plans to organise similar shutdowns in Faisalabad and Lahore, followed by a strike across the country on December 18.
Sahil also requested support from the government. “We will hold peaceful protests and require cooperation from the government and the administration. However if they use state machinery against us, we will condemn and strongly resist it.”
At the end of the press conference, Sahil expressed concern that some miscreants and ‘goons hired by the government’ were planning to harm them during the protests and create chaos in the city by damaging markets, vehicles and harming human lives. He requested people to close down their businesses, educational institutions and markets to avoid such a situation.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2014.