- Imran Khan will announce the date on either Thursday or Friday.
- He warns the administration not to obstruct the march.
- Azam Swati was tortured in front of his children, he claims.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated on Saturday that he will schedule his “Haqeeqi Azadi March” for next Thursday or Friday and urged the government not to interfere with the march.
The government had petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the PTI’s long march. The Khan-led party earned a boost when the Supreme Court declined to issue an interim order halting the PTI’s planned long march.
Before resorting to the Supreme Court, the administration repeatedly warned Khan, with a top official threatening to multiply the May 25 policy by ten if Khan announced another long march.
If the PTI organises another long march, it will be the party’s second trip to Islamabad. The last march took place on May 25, and when Khan arrived in Islamabad, he promptly called it off.
In a press conference alongside PTI Senator Azam Swati, Khan dismissed rumours of his arrest and declared that the long march would continue even if he was imprisoned.
Following a protest by his party members in response to the Toshakana judgement, which disqualified him under Article 63(1), the ex-prime minister was identified in a first information report (FIR) filed at an Islamabad police station today. He was already the subject of various legal proceedings (p).
Khan stated that he will choose the date without waiting for the government to declare early elections. This time, people will enjoy the march, and it will be peaceful.
The PTI leader went on to say that he would not stand by and watch while the government tortured or prosecuted his party’s officials in the past. This level of violence is unheard of anywhere in the globe.
Disputes and Swati’s “pain”
In response to a question about whether Khan would stop the lengthy march if ruling alliance lawmakers and PTI officials could achieve an agreement, Khan stated that back-channel discussion is occurring at all times.
Political parties are continuously discussing through back channels, but there is no consequence from these dialogues, he said, reinforcing his desire for free and fair elections.
It should be noted, however, that all of these rumours have been continuously denied by government officials.
The former prime minister condemned Swati’s alleged torture and claimed that no warrant was required when law enforcement authorities entered the former federal minister’s house.
Azam Swati was tortured in front of his children.” What crime did Azam Swati do if it was simply criticising someone in a position of authority? Khan was curious.
The PTI leader asked which countries allow arrests in reaction to critical tweets.
Swati was arrested on October 13 by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and released on bail on Friday. Swati was imprisoned as a result of her “controversial tweets.”
The most terrifying part was that Azam Swati was given to someone else. That were the people who welcomed him? Khan was curious.
The PTI leader urged Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial to convene a meeting with FIA authorities to investigate the alleged transfer of Swati.
Khan stated that the people to whom Swati was allegedly delivered tortured and stripped him naked. Shahbaz Gill was also taken to someone and tortured.
According to the PTI leader, the present issue is that some Pakistanis are “above the law.”