- According to the PTI chairman, a march would begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at Liberty Chowk in Lahore.
- He considers the PTI’s long march to be “far above” politics and an act of jihad.
- Our march for Haqeeqi Azaadi is still going on, with no end date in sight.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, will begin his much-anticipated long march on Friday, October 28.
The declaration was made during a news conference conducted by Khan at the Chief Minister’s House in Lahore, when he also announced that the march will commence at 11 a.m. from Liberty Chowk.
The former prime minister described the PTI’s protracted march as “far above” politics, claiming that it amounted to “jihad” because Pakistanis were forced to choose sides at this critical point.
“This march will decide whether the public wishes to commit these “thieves” to servitude. Our march for Haqeeqi Azaadi is still going on, with no end date in sight. He insisted that the country will travel from all over Pakistan to Islamabad if we went along the GT Road.
To explain how the government warned the PTI about the long march, Khan recalled that during his tenure as prime minister, the leaders of the JUI-F, Maryam Nawaz of the PML-N, and the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, organised two long marches.
He argued that they had overlooked the country’s economic situation at the time.
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.
During the press conference, Khan stated that the government had made it difficult for the party to begin the long march much earlier than intended.
“Our demonstrators were attacked on May 25, prompting us to cancel the event only for the sake of the nation. There was horse trading in Sindh House, and our administration was ousted by force. And after winning the July by-elections, I was swamped with legal proceedings, said the PTI leader.
He went on to say that the coalition administration has filed 24 first information reports (FIRs) against Khan.
Government Is Unprepared For The Game
Concerning rumours of negotiations with the coalition government, Khan stated that he has repeatedly stated that political parties generate problems by engaging in negotiations.
He said that the coalition government would not call for immediate elections because it was unwilling to play the game, that the long march would be peaceful, and that sending police forces from Sindh to the capital was superfluous.
He was asked what the police would do if millions of people joined the march, to which he replied, “PTI public rallies and jalsas have always been calm since families attend.
The former cricketer-turned-politician urged Asif Ali Zardari, the PML-N and PPP Co-Chairman, to run against the PTI in Punjab and Sindh so that Khan could witness how they fared in the electoral process.
Khan claimed that PTI personnel in Multan were receiving threatening phone calls from unknown numbers, threatening to exclude them from the long march.
He stated that he will continue to fight all “thieves and this system” for as long as he lives, adding, “Do they [the government] want the public to sit meekly like sheep?”
He went on to say that because he was the leader of a large political party, he was not obligated to subject to American authorities while making decisions for Pakistan.
Khan emphasised the PTI’s strength and asserted that the past six months had been successful in mobilising the populace to fight injustice.
He stated unequivocally that the PTI will only hold jalsas in areas where the court has granted permission, saying, “We are neither going to fight [the government] nor go to the Red Zone.”
To avoid any negative consequences, “we have advised all of our marchers to be nonviolent,” he said.
“Worst Economic” Situation
In response to allegations that he was “irresponsible” for organising a march while the country was in upheaval, Khan remarked that Pakistan was in the “worst economic” situation when he took office.
To top it all off, he said, his administration was dealing with a coronavirus outbreak. “At the time, the country had no foreign exchange reserves to keep the rupee from falling,” he explained.
Khan complimented the previous PTI-led administration, claiming that when the COVID-19 pandemic was effectively contained, the country saw unprecedented growth, something not seen in the preceding 17 years.
“As a result of our efforts to assist the local farming community, they were able to produce high-quality crops. Our information technology exports have tripled as a result of the PTI government’s policies. He also praised the Billion Tree Tsunami effort to tackle climate change, which Khan said has earned worldwide acclaim.
Khan lauded the PTI government’s health card initiative, claiming that even the most sophisticated countries in the world lacked equivalent programmes.
Arshad Sharif Was Recommended To Leave The Country
Khan went on to describe the late journalist Arshad Sharif, who was fatally shot by Kenyan police on October 23 in Nairobi, as a wonderful patriot.
According to Khan, the entire press community is aware of Arshad Sharif’s dedication to the nation, and two members of Sharif’s family have been martyred.
I had counselled Arshad on multiple times to leave the country [because he was not safe there], but he would not listen.
In reference to his political opponents, the PTI leader proceeded by alleging that “dacoits” saved themselves after taking authority and changing many laws, particularly the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance.
He urged people to compare power, oil, and gas prices under the PTI’s time and under the current government’s leadership, claiming that there are “clear disparities” between today’s Pakistan and the one they had just come from.