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    [PICTURES/VIDEOS] PTI's long march on May 25

    And so it begins... Imran Khan called a long march to Islamabad for the last week of May. Today is the kickoff in his hometown of Mianwali to gather support. Will 2 million people show up in Islamabad?

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    MIANWALI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Friday (today) would continue to build pressure against the incumbent coalition government, with party chief Imran Khan scheduled to address the public gathering in his home ground Mianwali.

    Preparations are under way at the Mianwali General Bus Stand, with workers readying party flags and looking up for arrangements. Barbed wires and containers have been deployed to cover the ground.

    “Mianwali, inshallah before maghrib on Friday I am coming for you and I am starting my campaign for real independence from the imported and corrupt government,” PTI chief Imran said in a video statement on May 4.

    He had added that he was starting his drive from the place where he got first elected as a lawmaker. The PTI chairman urged the people to turn up in large numbers for the public gathering.

    PTI’s local administration told Aaj News that Imran would arrive at the rally site at 5:30pm and address the people at 6:00pm. They are also urging people to reach the site early as it is a daytime public gathering.

    The former ruling party has set their arrangements at around 10-20 acres – out of the total 50 acres – land of the Mianwali General Bus Stand. They have claimed that as many as 200,000-300,000 people would attend the rally.

    Before the 2018 General Elections, the PTI had staged its rally at the Railway Ground in the city. The Imran-led party had then managed to fill the ground, which is secured with boundary walls contrary to the bus stand ground.

    The PTI has claimed that their government was toppled by a foreign conspiracy and the incumbent ruling parties were part of it. Imran supported such a claim by having a “threat letter” that came to light at the PTI rally in Islamabad on March 27. He has accused the US of hatching the conspiracy, which the latter has several times denied.

    Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday announced the government’s decision to form an independent commission to investigate the apparent foreign conspiracy.

    https://www.aaj.tv/news/30285572/


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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced in Mianwali jalsa to give a call for the Islamabad march anytime after May 20, ARY News reported on Friday.

    Imran Khan, while addressing the public gathering today, said that he is beginning Haqeeqi Azad Tehreek (real independence movement) from Mianwali. He said that the Mianwali people have elected him for the first time and he will never forget them.

    The PTI chairman announced that he would give a call to the nation for the Islamabad march anytime after May 20. He said that the public rally of millions of nationals could not be stopped by anyone including the ‘murderer of 18 people’ Rana Sanaullah or Shehbaz Sharif.

    He said that it is his promise to the nation that he will never bow down his head before any power. He thanked political rivals for calling him Niazi. He vowed to continue jihad against the thieves of the nation.

    “Yesterday, they [the government] announced to constitute a commission [on lettergate]. The conspiracy was started by the United States (US) and an elected government was toppled by nexus with the Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq.”

    He called the current rulers of the country ‘slaves of the US’. Khan said that Muslim Ummah only bows down their heads before Allah Almighty but not before any superpower.

    “Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah would never accept the slavery of the US if he was alive today. The whole nation is firmly standing on one stance that they accept friendship with everyone but they will never accept the slavery of anyone.”

    “The Mianwali people should know two reasons for our outrage that our ambassador to the US was asked to remove Imran Khan, otherwise, the country will face consequences.” Imran Khan added that the US tabled another demand to bring in Shehbaz Sharif to get pardoned.

    “This great nation will never accept the slavery of Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif or his son [Hamza Shahbaz]. We will never let these thieves be imposed on us.”

    “These thieves lodged an FIR against me and blamed us for the Madinah incident. I am challenging them that more voices will be raised against the thieves and traitors by Pakistanis across the globe.”

    He censured the present rulers for a targeted attack on Dr Shahbaz Gill on Motorway. Imran Khan blamed Rana Sanaullah for murdering people mostly in police encounters.

    “Three stooges and their handlers will be held responsible if something happens to any of PTI workers.”

    The PTI chairman said that the nation could not be controlled by anyone as it is the era of social media.

    He challenged that PTI will bring a massive crowd to the federal capital in the coming days and the nation has started preparations for the next phase of the movement. He added that he has never seen such a massive crowd in Mianwali in the last 26 years.

    Regarding PTI government’s achievements, the former prime minister said that they significantly reduced the fiscal deficit despite facing a crisis of coronavirus pandemic and saved the economy, nationals and deserving people from the much worse crises.

    He elaborated that huge foreign investment was made in Pakistan during the PTI era, whereas, a record net revenue was collected. He challenged his political rivals to provide any evidence if he has bought any property abroad.

    He thanked Mianwali people and women activists for attending the PTI’s public gathering in a large number.

    He appealed to the nation to stand firmly in Islamabad to reject the ‘slavery, imported government’ besides demanding fresh elections.

    The former premier also questioned the judiciary for not taking suo motu action against the turncoats.

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    Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday warned former prime minister Imran Khan to ensure that PTI's long march on Islamabad was "peaceful" and "political", asserting that the government won't allow an anarchy-like situation to persist in the country.

    "They will have to give [the government] assurances that the march will be peaceful, political and democratic," Sanaullah said at a media talk outside the Lahore district and sessions court, where he had attended a hearing of a drugs case filed against him by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).

    In his conversation with reporters, he criticised Imran and his predecessor Sheikh Rashid for "inciting" and "misleading" the public against the government.

    "Even yesterday, he (Imran) told his supporters not to spare anyone. I am warning you for the last time — not as a minister — but as the president of PML-N Punjab. If you don't let go of these tactics and keep encouraging your supporters to disrespect members of other parties, you will face the same fate too. You won't be able to escape from it."

    Sanaullah was referring to the PTI chairman's remarks in the address he made at the party's Mianwali rally. The ex-premier had told his workers that neither containers placed on the route could stop them from their march on Islamabad nor could the interior minister.

    He had also accused Sanaullah of committing 18 murders.

    In his talk today, the PML-N leader warned Imran that if he didn't mend his ways, the PML-N too would instruct its workers to "catch and beat them up".

    "This is your misconception that you will be able to cause anarchy or chaos in the country. Nothing will happen," Sanaullah told Imran. "They [the supporters] will become human beings after a few thrashings."

    He also excoriated Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid for his "ignorant" and "misleading" comments against the government. "You told people that this march will be bloody. I am warning you to take your words back or I won't let you step out of your house."

    They, the minister continued, would have to provide the government with assurances that the march would be peaceful, political and democratic.

    He further demanded of PTI to "distance" itself, condemn and apologise for the Masjid-i-Nabwi incident, where Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his cabinet members were heckled by Pakistani pilgrims last month.

    Sanaullah said there was pressure on the government from religious groups to pursue cases against [the PTI] for what happened in Saudi Arabia. "But we don't want this. Ahsan Iqbal was attacked [in the past]. We want them [the PTI] to at least apologise."

    "We know they were your people. They have been identified. Take action against them," he added.

    Immediately after his talk, PTI leader Farrukh Habib took to Twitter claiming that the popularity of Imran Khan's "Azadi March" had started making the government's "legs quiver".

    "This is a fascist government which is threatening to destroy the peace and order of the country. It wants civil war in the streets," Habib added.

    'March aimed to save Farah'

    Rana Sanaullah also said that Imran Khan's march on Islamabad was aimed at protecting Farah Khan — a close aide of the PTI chairman's wife Bushra Bibi who has been accused of corruption by the opposition, and against whom a NAB inquiry has been launched.

    "There have been a series of accusations [one of which is] that Usman Buzdar was appointed the chief minister of Punjab to take instructions from Farah," he said. "He collected billions of rupees in postings and there are transactions that show this money was sent abroad."

    The minister further alleged that Imran's amnesty scheme was "introduced for Farah because she greatly benefitted from it".

    "These are just accusations. But unlike them (PTI) we wont present accusations as evidence. We are inquiring into these allegations and a reference or case will only be initiated once we find credible evidence," he added.

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    PTI chief Imran urges overseas Pakistanis to raise voice against ‘foreign conspiracy’

    ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan has exhorted overseas Pakistanis, which according to him are the country’s “biggest asset”, to raise their voice against the apparent foreign conspiracy in their countries of origin.

    In a virtual address to expatriates on Saturday, the PTI chairman reiterated that he would give a long march call towards Islamabad after May 20. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has warned the former prime minister of creating chaos in the country and sought assurances from them for organising “peaceful and democratic” protests.

    As part of his anti-government campaign, the premier would address a public gathering in Abbottabad and reiterated his onslaught against the incumbent government.

    PM Imran added that he was not anti-American. But, alleged that the superpower was not in favour of a government making independent decisions.

    “I would like to urge the overseas Pakistanis, especially those living in Europe and in the UK to raise the issue through various platforms in order to expose the Americans,” he added.

    The former premier was also wary of the media’s apparent role in the incumbent government tenure. He claimed that the media was playing a dubious role by not reporting on the prices of essential commodities and power tariffs.
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    Imran vows to bring 'over 3 million people' to Islamabad after May 20

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan, who has been alleging "foreign conspiracy" behind his removal from the office through a no-trust vote, on Sunday vowed to bring at least "3 million to Islamabad" after May 20.

    Addressing a political gathering in Abbottabad, Imran claimed that more than three million people will march on Islamabad when he will give the protest call to the nation after May 20.

    Imran said no amount of "containers" would stop the people from arriving in the federal capital. "It is my faith that no matter how many containers they will erect, more than 3 million people will reach Islamabad," he added.

    On Friday while addressing a gathering in his hometown Mianwali, Imran told his party activists to remain prepared for the long march to Islamabad, saying he would announce the final date any day after May 20.

    Addressing his supporters, Imran said the government was afraid of PTI supporters' "passion". He added that PTI supporters would reach Islamabad against the "imported government".

    "This nation will never accept the robbers who came to power through an American conspiracy," he further alleged as he tried to cement his conspiracy theory.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2355677...zRROVktUFZYUlI

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    Do you guys think the establishment will let a huge long March happen? I have no doubt that IK could get 2/3 or even 4 million people to join in but I fear the establishment will step in with containers, the local police and even army to stop it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones View Post
    Do you guys think the establishment will let a huge long March happen? I have no doubt that IK could get 2/3 or even 4 million people to join in but I fear the establishment will step in with containers, the local police and even army to stop it.
    Working on it already the chor brigade.

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    LAHORE: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday announced that if the PTI's planned long march to Islamabad leads to bloodshed, then the government will take measures to stop it.

    Her comment came in response to former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed's statement when he expressed his fears that the PTI's planned long march might get "bloody" and demanded the "powerful quarters" to intervene.

    Speaking during a press conference in Lahore, Aurangzeb criticised former prime minister Imran Khan and said that nothing is bothering him more than the fact that Shehbaz Sharif has become the country's premier through a democratic process.

    "An incompetent, thief and corrupt prime minister was removed from power through a no-confidence motion," said Aurangzeb, adding that his allies left him because he failed to fulfil his promises.

    She further said that Imran Khan, through his "independence march", will not be able to distract the attention of the masses from the Farah Gogi corruption scandal.

    Addressing Khan's alleged US-backed conspiracy which, according to him, led to his ouster from the government, Aurangzeb asked: "What kind of atomic bomb were you making that the United States felt threatened by you and sought to remove you from power?"

    "There was no conspiracy. Imran Khan is not sad about his ouster but he cannot tolerate Shehbaz Sharif replacing him," she said, adding that Shehbaz did not get a single vote from a "turncoat" to become the premier.

    She said that despite being in power for almost four years, Imran Khan is still hurling accusations against his opponents.

    Shedding light on Imran Khan's foreign policy and the decision of his government to allow the International Monetary Fund to sway over the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) by giving it autonomy, the information minister said that it was PM Shehbaz Sharif who broke the country free of shackles and approached friendly countries for the sake of Pakistan's development.

    "Shehbaz Sharif did not become a beggar by trampling on the honour of the country like you," she said.

    Criticising the former premier further, Aurangzeb said that the PTI-led government had gagged the Opposition as well as the media for four years.

    Speaking high of the PML-N government, she said: "We have always accepted criticism if it is for the better. We stood by the journalists when they were bullied."

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    Crowd in Abbotabad Jalsa

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    As the PTI continues to up the ante against the coalition government, the party is rolling up its sleeves to throw the latter out of gear by choking major cities and arteries leading up to the federal capital – the final battleground where Imran Khan seeks to nail his colours to the mast.

    The PTI has finalised its plan and strategies to lead out its anti-government long march and to draw a deluge of protestors from across the country to Islamabad and block the routes leading to and from the capital, sources privy to the plans said.

    “As soon as the call for the long march is announced, various cities will be jammed,” the sources shared and added the points of convergence have also been determined for the demonstrators to bring the city to halt.

    Meanwhile, the party leaders who would be leading the caravans have been instructed to escape potential arrests. A backup plan will be put in place in the event of arrests.

    “In case the key leaders are arrested, a stand-in leadership will fill in for the central leadership to issue guidelines to the workers in the long march and a call will be given to intensify protest against the forced arrests,” sources revealed.

    ‘Millions to march peacefully’

    However, PTI’s s senior vice president Fawad Chaudhry told The Express Tribune that the long march will remain peaceful.

    “It will be a peaceful protest by millions of people,” he said, emphasising PTI protests have been largely peaceful till today.

    “Millions of people came out to show solidarity with PTI and not even a branch of a tree is damaged, the protest will be in the same mode,” the PTI leader said, referring to PTI’s Abbottabad public gathering on Sunday.

    In a prelude to his ‘Azadi March’ to Islamabad, the former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan addressed a mammoth public gathering in Abbottabad on Sunday, marking the beginning of his anti-government wrath.

    On Friday, the PTI Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter directed its leaders to make all arrangements for the upcoming five public meetings of former prime minister Imran Khan in different districts of the province and ‘Azadi March’ towards Islamabad.

    According to the PTI’s schedule, the Abbottabad rally will be followed by one in Mardan on May 13. Mr Khan will then address a public meeting in Swabi on May 16 and in Kohat on May 17 while the fifth such rally would be held in Mardan on May 20.

    It may be noted here that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had on Saturday asked Imran Khan to ensure that PTI's long march would not turn violent, warning that the government won't allow an anarchy-like situation to persist in the country.

    The interior minister lashed out at the PTI chairman and his predecessor Sheikh Rashid for "inciting" and "misleading" the public against the government.

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    Next rally in Jhelum. GT road area has typically supported PML N, let's see if IK can gather a strong crowd here

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    Now that I've followed politics for a bit, I've realized why PTI fails to convert its public support to electoral votes. Let's take the example of Attock; Amin Aslam, Major Sb. and his spawns, & Zulfiqar Bukhari are all present in the same constituency where there are only two MNA seats. As of now, everyone will be looking to cooperate but as soon as the election days approach, all of them would want to get the MNA ticket and the party will crumble as usual.

    No one wants to do the hard yards and build support in areas dominated by other parties. No one is willing to move to challenge Noon league or PPP in their power hubs. Bus Imran Khan chakkay maaray and runrate ooper karay and these people will just continue to remain at the other end and grab a fat paycheck at the end of the match.

    26 years on, still a one-man party this PTI.


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    Islamabad: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that Imran Khan will not be able to gather even 20 people in Islamabad against the government’s will, ARY News reported.

    According to details, PML-N veteran & Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf claims to gather 2 million people in their Azaadi March but they will not be able to gather 20 thousand, or even 20 people, in Islamabad without the government’s will.

    The Interior Minister added that the policy regarding the PTI long march will be formed by the cabinet, he will only enforce that policy. It is not my prerogative to be lenient or strict regarding the march, Rana Sanaullah added.
    The handling of the March is upon the federal cabinet and PTI will be able to gather even 20 thousand people in the capital if the government decides otherwise, he added.

    It is to be noted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan has announced that he would call upon a march toward Islamabad if the government does not announce new elections by May 20.

    In a public gathering in Jehlum on May 10, Imran Khan had claimed that over 2.5 million people would march toward Islamabad on his call.

    https://arynews.tv/pti-cant-gather-e...ana-sanaullah/


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    KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has devised a strategy to be followed in Karachi during party’s ‘Azadi March’ towards Islamabad, likely to begin in the last week of May, ARY News reported on Friday citing sources.

    According to a plan, the party has decided to jam the main roads of Karachi soon after the ‘Azadi March’ would kick-off for Islamabad. “Routes leading to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport will be blocked during long march,” said sources, adding that other busy roads of the port city, including Sohrab Goth to Super Highway and movement from Karachi port to Netty Jetty Bridge, would be completely blocked.

    It is learnt that PTI Karachi chapter activists have been issued directives to remain in metropolis during Islamabad long march and will assist party workers in blocking pubic movement.

    Furthermore, the Central leadership of PTI, belonging to Karachi, have been asked to remain in city, said sources.

    IMRAN KHAN’S PLAN FOR ISLAMABAD LONG MARCH UNVEILED

    Party leaders were also issued orders to immediately implement a backup plan in case the government make an attempt to arrest PTI chief Imran Khan, they said.

    It is pertinent to mention here that former prime minister Imran Khan has finalized a plan to bring 1.5 million people to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) long march towards Islamabad.

    According to the plan, the party would bring 500,000 people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 600,000 from Punjab and Sindh while 100,000 from Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan.

    Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan asked his party workers and supporters to march towards Islamabad in the last week of May to protest against what he termed a “corrupt and imported government”.

    https://arynews.tv/pti-plans-to-para...ad-long-march/

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    Faisalabad jalsa

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    Former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said families of army personnel will also take part in his upcoming march to Islamabad to remove the "imported government that came to power through a US-backed conspiracy".

    Addressing a huge public meeting in Gujranwala, Imran said: "The police will also help you [in getting to Islamabad]. They will send their family members with you and government employees will [do the same] as well.

    "And I know my army's families will also come with us to Islamabad," he added.

    The former prime minister is planning a long march towards Islamabad at a yet undecided date later this month in a bid to pressure the government into holding immediate elections as he claims that his government was "conspired against" and unfairly ousted by the US, with the help of his political opponents and in the form of a successful no-trust move against him last month.

    Imran, in his speech today, said he would unveil the date of his long march during a rally in Multan on May 20 (Friday), and hoped he would win the "fight for real independence in Islamabad this month".

    Imran called on women, children and the elderly to participate in the march. He said he was calling the people to Islamabad to foil the "American conspiracy" and send a message to all the conspirators that Pakistan was an "free nation".

    "This isn't politics, this is revolution," Imran said, adding that the "biggest dacoits and mafias" of the country were standing on one side and the nation on the other.

    "This is called revolution when the people become a nation and then we [can] combat these mafias who suck our blood. [We] will badly defeat them."

    Turning his aim at his political opponents, the PTI chairman lashed out at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, accusing him of "polishing boots" of officials from the US Embassy.

    "When he sees the army boot, he polishes them [with such vigour] that he sees his own reflection," Imran said about PM Shehbaz, referring to his alleged appeasing of the military establishment.

    Imran said PM Shehbaz and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif were "trapped". "There is an ocean in front of them and Imran Khan is standing behind them."

    He claimed that the PML-N's time was up and a "sea of people" would soon enter Islamabad and sweep them away.

    Read more: Nawaz Sharif might choose to surrender once he returns to Pakistan

    Imran said the prime minister would not be able to escape the cases against him in the Federal Investigation Agency. "As soon as you go [from the prime minister's seat], the investigation will start and we will take money from you and throw you in jail," he added.

    Imran claimed that PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari was "very happy" that PM Shehbaz and the PML-N were drawing everyone's ire. "Indeed, Zardari 'you are bhaari (dominant)' over PML-N and taking good revenge," he said.

    On the Supreme Court's verdict on a presidential reference seeking interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution which is related to the status of defecting lawmakers, Imran said it was "necessary" for him to pay tribute to the apex court for "wiping out lotay (turncoats)".

    He said that Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz would have to abdicate his office after the court's ruling.

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    Imran builds tempo for his long march
    Former PM says families of army personnel will march with him to Islamabad
    GUJRANWALA/LAHORE:
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that families of army personnel will also join him on his march towards Islamabad to topple the "imported government that came to power through a US-backed conspiracy".

    The former prime minister claimed that police officials will also send their families with the participants of the long march to the federal capital.

    "Not only the police officials. The families of government servants will also be joining. I also know that the family of my army will also be coming with us, God willing," the ousted premier said while addressing a rally in Gujranwala.

    The rally was part of the PTI’s struggle for achieving “real freedom” and delivering the nation from the “slavery” of the “US-backed” coalition government. Imran, who is training his guns on the new dispensation – an assemblage of political parties that muscled him out from power through a vote of no confidence last month – plans to force the government to announce polls through his ‘Azadi March’.

    The PTI chairman also took the opportunity to hail the Supreme Court's decision in presidential reference for leaving many people “red-faced”.

    "I want to pay tribute to Supreme Court because it has gotten rid of some people. Supreme Court not only got rid of them but also embarrassed them," Imran told the large gathering.

    Emboldened by the apex court’s decision, he claimed that since the apex court’s decision might soon result in the removal of Hamza Shehbaz from the post of the chief minister, the PTI supporters will not face trouble from the Punjab police.

    "No one was expecting that people will spill onto the streets after my ouster, he said.

    “I want you to come to Islamabad for two reasons One is because of the US conspiracy. Secondly, to get rid of these criminals who have been imposed upon us,” he told his supporters.

    The PTI chief said that Pakistan's industries flourished under his government's tenure and most industries were established in Pakistan after former president Ayub Khan's era.

    "The entire world was under pandemic. India's economy was in ruin. During that time we saved our people from coronavirus as well as from poverty. We collected the most tax in the history of Pakistan. We reduced the price of petrol and diesel," he added.

    Imran Khan said his government was removed from power because Pakistan was achieving economic prosperity. "We were on the rise but these dacoits brought the government down with the help of US," he added.

    "When our nation was heading towards prosperity they (current government) toppled our government. Shehbaz Sharif polished the shoes of American ambassadors. Once Maryam Nawaz invited an American ambassador and the way she acted towards her, she might as well have let her walk on her."

    Imran also said that Pakistan's biggest thieves and mafia leaders have banded together but thanked the Almighty as the nation has risen and stood up against them. "These mafias that suck the blood of the nation will receive their comeuppance," he added.

    Lashing out at former president Asif Ali Zardari, Imran Khan said that Zardari was Pakistan's biggest beemari (disease). "Zardari was happy that all the abuses are being hurdled at Shehbaz. Asif Zardari is the biggest beemari for this nation. He's enjoying being in the Centre as well as in Sindh and making money. Zardari, you're too much for Shehbaz."

    The former prime minister said that the Sharif brothers are stuck and don't know what to do. "They have the ocean in front of them and behind them, they see Imran Khan along with the entire nation.... what can they do? they're stuck," he said and added that there will be an ocean of people in Islamabad soon which will bring an end to the current government's rule.

    "People ask Shehbaz Sharif what he has done? Why was he in a hurry to become prime minister? Because he had a case and was about to be punished by the FIA. So he used a foreign conspiracy to evade punishment. Shehbaz doesn't be delusional, we will not let you go," he added.

    "Someone asked me who was involved in bringing your government down, I said all of them... they needed a collective effort to bring me down but don't care about the premiership because my nation has risen."

    "Remember when we become a nation that is united then we won't face any difficulty and we will be able to pay off our debts. We will make Pakistan thrive. When I came into politics 26 years ago I promised that I will never let Pakistan bow before to anyone."

    He said that the nation will become what Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal intended it to be. "We won't bow before anyone except God. We will not bow before any superpower," he added.

    ‘Ending slavery forever’

    Separately, the former prime minister continued to dial up his determination to deliver the country from the “slavery of the US” along with “burying the thieves” forever to make the country stand on its feet again.

    Addressing a lawyer’s convention at Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore, where thousands of lawyers were present, Imran urged the lawyers to move to the courts and pose one question: “If robbery and corruption are allowed then why are poor masses languishing in jails for committing the same?”

    He asked whether it was fair to intimidate the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), alleging that PM Shehbaz was trying to interfere in the agency’s corruption cases initiated against him and his family members.

    He also invited the legal fraternity to start what he called a “Jihad” for the survival of this country.

    “The lawyers I have a need of your support to make this movement successful adding those countries where you see rule of law you will find them running on the track of progress”.

    “It has been clearly mentioned in Holy Quran that one of the objectives behind our existence on earth is to ensure the provision of justice,” he emphasised.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2357155...his-long-march

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    ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced on Thursday that he would give the call for a long march to Islamabad tomorrow (Friday).

    Addressing a group of young people at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad, the former prime minister said that he would announce his call for the much-awaited long march to Islamabad during his address in Multan tomorrow.

    “Multan will be the last public gathering before the march towards Islamabad begins. The march towards Islamabad will be for real freedom,” the PTI chairman said, adding that the "PTI’s goal of a fresh election is near."

    “We do not want an imported government but freedom via elections,” Imran Khan said. "The sea of people would not leave Islamabad until and unless the Shehbaz Sharif-led government announces the date of the fresh elections".

    On April 30, ousted prime minister Imran Khan said that the PTI would begin the anti-government march towards Islamabad in the last week of May.

    "We will be giving this call to all Pakistanis, not just PTI supporters, as Pakistan has been insulted after the country's most corrupt people were imposed on us by a foreign power," Khan said in a video statement.

    Former prime minister Khan was ousted from power on April 10 after the National Assembly voted him out through a no-confidence motion — making him the first premier to be voted out through the move.

    Khan had repeatedly blamed the US for backing the no-confidence motion and has refused to accept newly elected PM Shehbaz Sharif, saying, "there can't be any bigger insult to this country." The Joe Biden-led administration in the US, however, has denied the allegations.

    In his message, the ex-prime minister had said the preparations for the long march would begin on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and urged the youth to come out on the streets with PTI's flags in their hands.

    Since then, the PTI has been holding power shows across the country to ramp up the pressure on the government to hold fresh elections.

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    Hinting at a prolonged stay in Islamabad for his planned long march towards the federal capital, former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that the ocean of people will not leave the capital until "they get a date for free and transparent elections".

    "We only want one thing and that is elections and do not want the imported government. We want independence via free and transparent elections. The ocean of people will not leave Islamabad until we get a date for the elections," he said while addressing party workers in K-P House in Islamabad.

    Imran said that the last public gathering will be held in Multan tomorrow (Friday) before the long march and he will announce the date for the anti-government long march.

    "Tomorrow I will reveal the day when the entire nation will reach Islamabad on my call for real independence," he said.

    The PTI chief said that the reason for his long march is to achieve true independence in the country. "We don't want independence where we say that we're independent but we are dictated by foreign countries that you cannot buy oil and wheat from Russia," he added

    Imran further said that when a nation is fully independent, it makes all the decisions for the betterment of its people. "Their rulers do not sacrifice their people for the wishes of others. I will need your passion and courage for this long march. Our destination is near."

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    Imran Khan announces long march between May 25 and May 29

    MULTAN (Dunya News) – Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that without breaking the shackles of slavery, Pakistan can never become a great nation and the decision on the date of long march will be taken between May 25 and May 29.

    The former premier said that he had called a session of the PTI core committee on Sunday in Peshawar, where a final decision on the date for his long march to Islamabad will be made.

    “I have prayed throughout my life for the Pakistani nation to awake so that wouldn’t have to bow down before mafia and superpower,” Imran Khan said while addressing a rally in Multan on Friday.

    The former PM while thanking the people of Multan for the warm welcome appreciated the women and youth for participating in the jalsa, adding that no revolution is “successful” till women and youth take part in it.

    Taking a dig at the coalition government, especially the Sharif family, Imran Khan asked the masses "not to bow your heads before thieves and robbers".

    While launching a tirade against his political opponents without mentioning their names, the PTI chairman said that those who had plundered the country and had been facing corruption cases, hatched a conspiracy to overthrow his government after he refused to give NRO to them.

    The former PM further said, "The coalition government was leading the country towards situation like Sri Lanka due to which he was demanding the dissolution of the assemblies and immediate general elections in Pakistan.

    He criticised that an under-secretary of the US had threatened the Pakistani envoy to remove Imran Khan if the country wants to be pardoned. “Pakistan does not need a pardon from anyone as it is an independent nation.” He said that the nation has foiled the ‘conspiracy’ and the time has arrived to end the politics of the ruling families.

    https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/652...spiracy-PML-N-

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    Massive Transfers and postings in Punjab amid PTIís long March








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    But if i am not wrong, transfers are banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    But if i am not wrong, transfers are banned.
    This is getting out of hand.

    The government is violating its own state's laws and SC orders.

    Worth mentioning that hamza showbaz government is illegal, even as per pmln loving ECP this has been confirmed.

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    PESHAWAR: The session of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been summoned at 3:00 pm today at Chief Minister’s House in Peshawar, ARY News reported.

    Imran Khan will chair the PTI core committee session today which will be attended by all central and provincial members. The members will mull over the strategy and date of the Islamabad long march, whereas, discussions will be held on the government’s steps and crackdowns.

    The core committee will also deliberate on the strategy to avoid arrests of the activists.


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    I personally donít think PTI should go for a long March.

    IK should just sit n quietly watch how PDM runs the country?

    Let PDM bite the bullet and turn inflation into hyper inflation by increasing the petrol prices.
    Right now, a few family friends are at a visit in Pakistan and their feed back is, a horrible load shedding episodes through out the day.

    These folks travel to Pak every year and were very impressed with electric power situation under the PTI rule.

    Let the public knock at the door of their elected PDM parliament and Cabinet members and start asking some really tough questions.
    This is enviable. This will happen sooner or later.

    IK should take a vacation and spend some time with his kids in UK.
    This is the best time to do so.

    Otherwise, he will take the blame of anarchy in the country.

    PTI was running the country just fine - those who didnít agree with it, are now in power. Let them show us how itís done.
    IK should just stay quite and walk away for a few months. And we shall see.

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    IK should plan long marches twice a month until the next election. The pressure on PDM will be too much to bear, resulting in self implosion.

    Though it would be interesting to see how large a crowd PDM could muster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorblind Genius View Post
    I personally don’t think PTI should go for a long March.

    IK should just sit n quietly watch how PDM runs the country?

    Let PDM bite the bullet and turn inflation into hyper inflation by increasing the petrol prices.
    Right now, a few family friends are at a visit in Pakistan and their feed back is, a horrible load shedding episodes through out the day.

    These folks travel to Pak every year and were very impressed with electric power situation under the PTI rule.

    Let the public knock at the door of their elected PDM parliament and Cabinet members and start asking some really tough questions.
    This is enviable. This will happen sooner or later.

    IK should take a vacation and spend some time with his kids in UK.
    This is the best time to do so.

    Otherwise, he will take the blame of anarchy in the country.

    PTI was running the country just fine - those who didn’t agree with it, are now in power. Let them show us how it’s done.
    IK should just stay quite and walk away for a few months. And we shall see.
    Yes ,it makes sense as these thugs would not be able to run the country and will surrender soon. I think that's what IK is doing right now .

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    Islamabad long march against ‘imported govt’ on May 25: Imr

    Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced that his party would kick off the much-hyped long march against the 'imported government' to Islamabad on May 25.

    He announced the decision following the PTI's core committee meeting held in Peshawar on Sunday.

    “I am inviting the entire nation. People belonging to all walks of life including labourers, ex-service men and others should participate in the long march for the real freedom of the country,” said Khan while addressing a news conference along with other party leaders.

    “I will meet you on May 25 on Srinagar Highway at 3pm,” he remarked.

    The former prime minister demanded of the coalition government led by PML-N to immediately call early elections and dissolve assemblies.

    Imran Khan said his party would stay in Islamabad until the date for new general election is announced. “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for our freedom, we will not accept the ‘imported government’ under any circumstances.”

    “I am also asking the army to remain ‘neutral’ as they have said earlier that they are neutral,” he commented.

    He also warned the authorities against creating hurdles in the long marchers’ way, saying that PTI will take legal action if this happens.

    The ousted prime minister has been holding back-to-back rallies across the country as part of his patry’s struggle for achieving “real freedom” and delivering the nation from the “slavery” of the “US-backed” coalition government. Khan, who is training his guns on the new dispensation – an assemblage of political parties that muscled him out from power through a vote of no confidence last month – plans to force the government to announce polls through his ‘Azadi March’.

    Before announcing the date of long march at today's presser, Imran Khan explained in detail the reason for initiating the anti-government movement.

    He said the incumbent multi-party government is the result of a ‘foreign conspiracy’ which he claimed was hatched against Pakistan to influence its foreign policy.

    “The United States colluded with corrupt individuals for a regime change in Pakistan... I tried my best to stop this conspiracy from happening but unfortunately we could not foil their attempt,” he said.

    Reiterating his allegations, he said a day after US under secretary Donald Lu threatened Pakistan with consequences, the no-trust motion was filed against his government.

    “My government was toppled at a time when all sectors of the country including economy and exports among others were showing an upward trajectory,” he added.

    Khan said those who were involved in the alleged conspiracy against his government sent message to the US that his visit to Russia was his government’s unilateral decision.

    “I visited Russia in consultation with all stakeholders including the foreign ministry and the military establishment.”

    Taking a jibe at the incumbent rulers, the deposed premier said they lacked planning and capability to steer the country out of prevailing crises.

    “The current government is asking the National Security Committee (NSC) to take the responsibility for the increase in fuel prices as they want to put all this burden on the military.”

    Facing louder calls for fresh elections with the PTI chairman poised to take a great leap towards the federal capital to throw the government out of gear, the coalition partners are bracing for a similar state of affairs they staged for the former ruling party.

    As a confluence of crises continues to test the coalition government, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and allies got down to brass tacks to survive a volley of political setbacks hitting the young government on Saturday.

    In an “unannounced” meeting, PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari – head of one of the three main coalition parties – called on the prime minister last night to hammer out a strategy to cope with a number of crises, including PTI’s long march, economic woes and the fate of Punjab government following the ECP’s verdict.

    A day earlier, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also threatened to leave the government against the backdrop of an ongoing stalemate between the PML-N-led coalition government and the powerful stakeholders of the country.

    “If we are stopped from working, our hands and feet are tied and reservations are expressed on our performance then those responsible should take the burden. Why should we take the responsibility when we are not responsible for destroying the economy,” the interior minister said, adding “we would approach the masses after discussing with the [government] allies”.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2357826...n-may-25-imran

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    Imran Khan is marching to Islamabad for no reason, Fazl takes jibe at PTI chief


    PESHAWAR: Taking a jibe at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that the former premier was marching towards Islamabad "for no reason."

    Khan has announced that he will be leading the PTI's much-awaited long march from Peshawar and will be reaching Islamabad on May 25. He has also demanded a date for the election as well as the dissolution of the assemblies.

    Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, the PDM chief said that no one could break the record of the long march set by his party, the JUI-F, during Khan’s tenure.

    “They are coming to Islamabad for no reason. A long march does not even hold the importance of two paisas,” Fazl said, adding that people would be “mad” to respond to the PTI chairman's call for the long march.

    Talking about the economic challenges the country was facing, the PDM chief claimed that Pakistan was not heading towards bankruptcy but was already bankrupt because of the policies of the previous, PTI-led government.

    “Problems that mounted over the last four years are being asked to be fixed within four days,” said Fazl, adding that the “biggest challenge” before the new government was figuring out how to uplift the economy.

    “We need to make such a situation that China gets on board,” Fazl opined, adding that Khan’s economic experts had themselves warned that the rupee-dollar difference would cross the 200 mark.

    He also said that this was the impact of Khan’s policies. "In difficult times, institutes and politicians need to be on the same page to solve the issues."

    Fata’s 125-year-old importance being changed
    The PDM chief also spoke about the issues being faced by the tribal people in the merged districts (erstwhile FATA) and claimed that the “125-year-old” history of the region was being changed.

    “They want to change the importance of FATA,” adding that the region was promised 100 billion after the merger but is yet to receive even half of the sum.

    Recalling the law formulated to change the status of FATA, the JUI-F chief said that he had recommended to the then PML-N government that they should hold a referendum on the matter but his suggestion was rejected.

    He also stated that when he was raising objections to the merger as he was told that his party does not represent the tribal areas.

    “Where work has happened is not even 1% of the tribal areas. Mosques and roads were built in certain areas,” said Fazl and also asked why “greener pastures” were promised to the people of erstwhile FATA when the promises could not be fulfilled.

    The PDM chief told the tribal people that he fought for them during Nawaz Sharif’s government and will continue to do so now as well.

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    Doubt that any march will take place from may till august. Too hot for day time tamashas. Maybe just jalsas


    The first and only PM of Pakistan to lose the peoples confidence = Imran Khan

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    Think the Chalees Chors know their game is up so expect some underhand stuff now


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    LAHORE: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday said that the Pakistani nation would not spare PTI Chairman Imran Khan if he tried to instigate a civil war in the country.

    Addressing a press conference in Lahore after visiting the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI), the premier criticised the previous PTI-led government and said that instead of working on the development of the country, Khan was consumed by political vendetta throughout his tenure.

    Censuring the PTI chairman, the premier said that Khan's only focus was to corner his opponents but he had no time to invest in building hospitals, roads, or work towards the prosperity of the nation.

    He said that thousands of people lost their means of employment but Khan, against his promise of providing 10 million jobs to the masses, could not deliver.

    "Imran Niazi had nothing to do except for hurling abuses at his opponents," he said, adding that the man who claimed of making a Naya Pakistan could not even provide a single subsidy to the masses.

    "Khan is a cold-hearted man. The kind of language he uses embarrasses everyone," PM Shehbaz said. "This man destroyed the moral values of society."

    Speaking about the PKLI, the premier said that it was "regrettable" how this Rs20-billion project was "shut down by the PTI government just for the sake of political revenge".

    "This hospital will provide paid medical facilities to the affluent class and funds generated from the treatment of rich people will be utilised for free medical treatment of patients belonging to underprivileged backgrounds," the premier said.

    The premier announced that the hospital's board of governors, with Dr Saeed Akhtar as its new chairman, has been reinstated so that the hospital could function smoothly.

    PM Shehbaz also expressed his commitment to establishing a world-class nursing university at the (PKLI) within one year.

    "Strengthening of democracy was the only way for Pakistan to progress," the premier said.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/418359-nat...shehbaz-sharif


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    So we arrive at the most seminal moment in the last 50 years and perhaps in our history. We have seen the fascist thugs and their sponsors in action over the last 6 weeks and now we know that unless we do something, our future involves ghulami to Nani and Billo and their sponsors.

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    Islamabad braces for PTI's long march


    The federal government on Monday summoned additional police contingents and paramilitary personnel to Islamabad in light of the long march announced by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) scheduled to arrive in the federal capital on March 25.

    As the government beefed up security to contain the marchers, Sheikh Rashid – a former minister in the PTI government ousted in April through a no-confidence motion – claimed that the government would not be able to stop the protesters come what may.

    'Iron hand for miscreants'

    In directives issued to the local administration, the Ministry of Interior ordered foolproof arrangements and warned the lawbreakers would be dealt with an iron hand.

    Police and paramilitary personnel have been called in from other provinces and they would start arriving in Islamabad tonight. The operational police will also get prison vans and water cannons today as well.

    In a comment on the protest call by Imran, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the person who 'destroyed the economy' had announced protests to stop the recovery of the country’s economy. He said the government would not let him succeed. “Imran Niazi is a liar…gangs and hooligans will not be tolerated,” he added.

    According to Sana, conflict and anarchy were inherent in Imran’s nature. He said during his 126-day long sit-in in 2014, Imran and his party supporters attacked state property and added that he lied in 2014 as well and that nobody trusted the ‘U-turn Niazi’.

    “If Imran tried to bury democracy, he will be met with the full force of law,” Sana said, adding that if anyone tried to “cross the boundary of decency, the law will be used against them”.

    A day earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif alleged that former PM Imran Khan was trying to push Pakistan towards a civil war. “Imran Niazi wants civil war but let me tell you the nation will not forgive you... it will be your collar and the people’s hands,” the prime minister had said.

    'There’s no stopping Imran'

    In a statement, Rashid said the government could use whatever means but it would remain an exercise in futility as the long march would still reach the capital. He claimed that at least 25 district and assistant commissioners were transferred in the past 24 hours to stop the march.

    The PTI ally claimed that as per his political acumen he expected ‘key decisions’ by May 31 or a few days before that.

    He also claimed the coalition government would not be able to complete its term and would have to quit. Rashid added the government has a majority of just one vote in the Centre and Punjab and a no-confidence motion is about to happen in Balochistan as well.

    The former interior minister further said the Supreme Court, through a suo moto, also “foiled the conspiracy to quash cases” lodged against PM Shehbaz and his son. He claimed the PML-N and its allies came to power to withdraw cases against them but the top court scuttled their efforts.

    Speaking about the Pakistan Army, he said the military was a “great army” that would “never use bullets against its own people”. Rashid maintained that the army would not let the economy sink further and would come up with a solution to the crises faced by Pakistan.

    He claimed that the incumbent government wanted to drag the army into politics.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2357904...tis-long-march

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    According to media reports, Govt has ordered to seal Islamabad.

    So much for democracy.

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    According to media reports, Govt has ordered to seal Islamabad.

    So much for democracy.
    It's what every incumbent will do going forward. Rest assured when the PTI are in power the opposition will us the same tactics when the time is right. This *** for tat will long continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortbread View Post
    It's what every incumbent will do going forward. Rest assured when the PTI are in power the opposition will us the same tactics when the time is right. This *** for tat will long continue.
    Didn't PML, PPP etc march freely when PTI was in gov?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    According to media reports, Govt has ordered to seal Islamabad.

    So much for democracy.
    Federal government has decided to fail Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march towards Islamabad, ARY News reported on Monday, citing sources.

    In a move to fail the PTI’s long march, the PML-N-led federal government has decided to seal the coming and outgoing ways towards Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

    Meanwhile, containers are also being shifted to the federal capital’s Red Zone. It is expected that the Red Zone will be sealed by tonight to ensure entry denial to the PTI workers and supporters.

    Read more: Imran Khan announces Islamabad long march on May 25

    On Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan announced to hold Islamabad long march on May 25.

    Imran Khan addressed an important press conference after chairing the party’s core committee session to finalise the strategy and date of Islamabad’s long march.

    Tabling his demands, the PTI chairman said, “We are demanding the date of fresh elections and dissolution of the assembly. We want fair and free elections in the country. Our style of politics is peace and our public gatherings are attended by people from all walks of life and women

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Didn't PML, PPP etc march freely when PTI was in gov?
    I am not justifying either or, PTI will plan a siege once there and govt. know this. But them trying trying to prevent the march will simply add more impetus to PTI supporters.

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    ISLAMABAD: PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry Monday warned the government against using force to stop the "Azadi March" as the party prepares to head to Islamabad to seek early elections and send the coalition government packing.

    In a press conference flanked by party leaders, the former information minister told the government that it could arrest PTI leaders and workers if it wanted, but it would not be in its favour.

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced yesterday that his party's much-anticipated Islamabad long march would begin on May 25 and he will meet his workers and supporters at 3pm at the Srinagar Highway.

    The PTI chairman also told the workers that he would be leading the march from Khyber Pakhtunkwa to Islamabad himself.

    Laying out the plan for the march in his presser today, Chaudhry said Khan would leave Peshawar in the morning on May 25 and while leading a rally from the KP capital, he would reach Islamabad on the same day.

    He noted that the call to march towards Islamabad was restricted to people in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa, while workers in Karachi would hold protests in their city.

    The ex-information minister also said that the PTI chairman would also announce the next action plan on June 3, indicating that the march could extend.

    The PTI leader further told the government that it could not stop "hundreds of thousands of people" from marching to Islamabad.

    "Women, children, ex-servicemen, doctors, and bureaucrats will be part of our march. Retired generals will also be part of our long march," claimed Fawad.

    The former federal minister said there are "responsible" officers in the administration who have informed PTI that they are being "pressurised". He claimed that several officers would resign, but would not play their part in stopping the march.

    'Pakistan suffering'
    Moving on, the ex-information minister said the country was facing "embarrassment" due to the Sharif family and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

    But he also told the PML-N to hold an inter-party consultation and quit the coalition government claiming that PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had the upper hand and due to him, "Pakistan was suffering".

    Berating the government, he said that India had recently slashed the price of petroleum products after it imported cheap oil from Russia.

    "We were about to enter the same deal, but we weren't allowed to sign it."

    Praising the ousted government's accomplishments, Chaudhry said during their term, the country witnessed a GDP growth of 6% and increased employment opportunities.

    Read more: 'Pray that we get approval for Imran Khan's arrest'

    He claimed that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have made it clear to the coalition government of their intentions. The statement comes amid reports that Riyadh has linked its support to Islamabad with the revival of the stalled International Monetary Fund's (IMF) programme.

    "Their countries' intelligence agencies have told them that the people of Pakistan do not stand with the current government," he said.

    The ex-information minister said with every passing day, economic and political crises were deepening.

    "Till the political situation does not settle, the economic turmoil will continue."

    He went on to say that if the incumbent government remains in power for the next two to three months, there is a fear of Pakistan defaulting.

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    Punjab police have started crack down against PTI leaders.

    @Bewal Express @DRsohail

    But we were told by our Gurus here that PDM will ensure democracy in Pakistan.

    During PTI time, they all did jalsas etc and PTI didnt create any hurdles for them.

    Pathetic from govt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    Punjab police have started crack down against PTI leaders.

    @Bewal Express @DRsohail

    But we were told by our Gurus here that PDM will ensure democracy in Pakistan.

    During PTI time, they all did jalsas etc and PTI didnt create any hurdles for them.

    Pathetic from govt.
    Didn't expect anything different from these thugs. These imports have no moral authority, no support and have destroyed PK economy. IA Rana the Qatil is dealt with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Didn't expect anything different from these thugs. These imports have no moral authority, no support and have destroyed PK economy. IA Rana the Qatil is dealt with
    Pakistani people need to be addressed too. Sure the police and others have to follow orders but knowing they are working for thieves and traitors but still doing their bidding shows the issue is bigger than just these imported politicians. A large minority of Pakistanis will side with criminals quickly if it benefits them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pakistani people need to be addressed too. Sure the police and others have to follow orders but knowing they are working for thieves and traitors but still doing their bidding shows the issue is bigger than just these imported politicians. A large minority of Pakistanis will side with criminals quickly if it benefits them.
    Sad but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Didn't expect anything different from these thugs. These imports have no moral authority, no support and have destroyed PK economy. IA Rana the Qatil is dealt with
    Whole night they raided houses of PTI leaders. Literally broke into houses and even in bed rooms.

    Heart breaking scenes and blood boiling too.

    But am sure our perhay likhay jaahils here at PP will still find ways ro defend it.

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    Punjab Police late Monday raided the houses of several PTI leaders, including former energy minister Hammad Azhar, Usman Dar, and Babar Awan, while a police constable was also shot dead during a raid in Lahore.

    The development comes hours after PTI's Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry, in a press conference, warned the government against using force to stop the "Azadi March", set to begin on May 25.

    The former information minister told the government that it could arrest PTI leaders and workers if it wanted to, but it would not be in its favour.

    Party sources have said that around 73 workers have been arrested so far. During a raid on one of the PTI leader's house in Lahore's Model Town, police constable Kamal Ahmed was shot in the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

    The suspect fired the bullet from the rooftop of a house, police said. "...we are still investigating but we will not spare those involved [in the crime]," DIG Operations Lahore Captain (Retd) Muhammad Sohail Chaudhry said.

    Meanwhile, despite Fawad's warning of using force against the PTI ahead of the long march, police raided the houses of PTI leaders across Punjab and Islamabad.

    The raids

    Police raided Hammad Azhar's house in Lahore, however, he was not present at his residence.

    Lahore Police also raided the residence of PTI's former information secretary, Farrukh Javed, but he escaped via his home's back door, according to Geo News.

    In Lahore's Jauhar Town, PTI MPA Sadia Sohail said her house had also been raided. "Police violated the sanctity of the four walls of the house," she claimed.

    The house of another PTI leader in Lahore, Mehr Naeemullah Taj, was also raided. He alleged that police misbehaved with his family members and manhandled his employees.

    Police raided the residences of PTI leaders Malik Ishtiaq and Yasir Gillani, but since they were also not present in their houses, no arrests could be made.

    In Sialkot, the house of former special assistant to the prime minister on information Firdous Ashiq Awan, ex-provincial minister Chaudhry Ikhlaq, and PTI leader Tahir Hundli's houses were raided.

    Sialkot Police — with a heavy contingent — also raided the residence of Usman Dar. However, he was not present at his home, officials said.

    PTI's Sahiwal district president, Rana Aftab, and another PTI leader Kanwar Imran also claimed that their houses were raided.

    Sheikhupura Police raided the house of Mian Zafar, but could not arrest him as he was not present there.

    PTI leader Rana Sajid from Kamoke also said that his house was raided, but he wasn't present there either. "Police detained two of my employees, but later released them."

    In response, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said a peaceful protest was the right of all citizens.

    "The brutal crackdown on PTI leaders and workers in Punjab and Islamabad has once again shown us what we are familiar with - the fascist nature of PMLN when in power," he said.

    "The present crackdown also raises serious questions about the handlers [...] already economy is in a tailspin," the PTI chairman said.

    Khan warned the "crooks and their handlers" that these undemocratic and "fascist" steps would further exacerbate the economic situation and push the country into a state of anarchy.

    The former prime minister also claimed that PPP, PML-N and JUI-F's marches against his government "were never stopped nor did they carry out any crackdown on their workers".

    "This is the difference between democrats and kleptocrats," said the PTI chief.

    'We will fight'

    Talking to the media after the raid at his home, Hammad Azhar said police had raided his home without any warrant and violated the sanctity of the "four walls of the house".

    “It was a coward act of the coward government, however, the people of Lahore will respond to this action of the incumbent government," he said.

    The former minister, saying that a peaceful protest was their democratic and constitutional right, noted that he was still a member of the National Assembly.

    “I am an ex-federal minister and still a member of Parliament as my resignation has not been accepted. If this happened to me, imagine what would they do to common people,” he added.

    Azhar went on to say that “we are not going to run away and will fight".

    Former education minister and senior PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood strongly condemned the raids and arrests of party members.

    “Fascist government showing its true colours. This will not stop patriotic Pakistanis from fighting for what they believe in. Shameful conduct of imported Govt and corrupt PM,” he tweeted.

    Taking to Twitter, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry claimed that his residence was under surveillance and a raid was being planned, therefore, he had left home.

    “Now I will reach Jehlum and the ‘Azadi March’ will be successful; these oppressors will be brought to justice,” he said.

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    ISLAMABAD: Despite the mercury expected to further rise in the next few days, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) hopes it will be able to gather a historic crowd in the capital that will shatter the government’s expectations.

    The Islamabad district administration has been apprised of a planned public meeting and sit-in at the Srinagar Highway — formerly known as Kashmir Avenue.

    Meanwhile, the PTI has also approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to restrain the government from creating hurdles in the way of its march.

    PTI’s Central Secretary General Asad Umar on Monday announced that all arrangements for the ‘Azadi March’ had been finalised and that “history will be made” on May 25 (tomorrow).

    Capital authorities informed of sit-in plan; party moves IHC to restrain govt from creating hurdles, arresting leaders

    “After an impressive show, ******tan’s decisions will never be made behind closed doors again, neither will ill-gotten money be used nor foreign powers take decisions for the country,” he exclaimed.

    Separately, PTI Islamabad General Secretary Shahzad Gul wrote to the deputy commissioner informing him about the party’s public meeting and a sit-in.

    “I want to bring this to your kind notice that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to organise a peaceful gathering/sit-in on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 regarding Haqeeqi Azadi March, at Srinagar Highway Islamabad (known as Kashmir Highway), between the H-9 and G-9 area. The former prime minister/Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Mr Imran Khan will lead the Azadi March/sit-in,” the letter stated.

    “A large number of public, including women and youth, are expected to participate for which a stage, SMD(s) and other event/festivity equipment are being installed at the venue. Therefore, I request you to please undertake necessary measures in terms of provision of venue, specialised security and others,” Mr Gul stated.

    Moreover, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, through a statement, invited the entire nation to attend the march.

    “It is a decisive moment for the whole nation as we have to decide whether we want to become an independent nation or repeat the history of 75 years. The last time the nation got united was in 1974 and made a decision. Now, once again the whole nation needs to come out of their houses,” he announced.

    He said only PTI chairman Imran Khan was capable of addressing the issues of Pakistan and he should be given a fresh mandate so he could take appropriate decisions. He warned that if the government tried to block roads in Islamabad for those joining the PTI’s long march, the whole country will become Islamabad (a venue for protests).

    PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry, while speaking at a news conference, said the present coalition could not be allowed to govern anymore otherwise Pakistan will suffer an irreversible loss. He alleged that Attock and Jhelum bridges were being blocked, and apprehended 700 workers and leaders of the PTI would be arrested as was senior party leader Shireen Mazari. He also claimed some party workers had already been arrested and the media was being threatened.

    Read more: Crackdown belies govt claims of tolerance to PTI march

    Mr Chaudhry claimed that while the nation was suffering financial losses, a swimming pool was being constructed at the Prime Minister House.

    “The prime minister and Punjab chief minister both are on bail and it is becoming a matter of embarrassment for the whole country,” he remarked.

    PTI Islamabad President Ali Nawaz Awan claimed their upcoming long march will be the largest protest drive in the history of Pakistan. “We are struggling to change the fate of the new generation. Imran Khan will be at Srinagar Highway on May 25 at 3pm,” he announced.

    PTI Information Secretary Farrukh Habib said if the marchers were stopped from travelling to Islamabad, the government will be responsible for any untoward situation that ensues.

    Efforts to get march cancelled

    As the PTI gears up for the long march, some senior party figures claimed behind-the-scenes efforts to persuade the party chairman to call off the protest.

    “Our only demand to the powerful quarters is that dates must be announced for fresh elections,” a senior party leader said. However, the claim could not be verified independently.

    Also, in a rare public appearance in Peshawar, former prime minister Imran Khan along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and other leaders visited the busy Saddar bazaar apparently to invite people to Islamabad.

    The PTI leadership has also arranged heavy machinery to remove any obstacles on its way to the capital. To prepare for the long march, a high-level meeting of the party was convened in Peshawar on Monday, but was put off till Tuesday (today) due to the engagements of KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

    Court moved preemptively

    Also on Monday, the PTI approached the IHC to res*train the government from creating hurdles in the way of the ‘Azadi March’. The IHC chief justice will hear the petition on Tuesday (today).

    The petition was filed by PTI’s additional general secretary Amir Mehmood Kiani, citing the interior secretary, Islamabad inspector general of police, chief commissioner and deputy commissioner as respondents.

    The petitioner argues that the PTI leadership has decided to hold a peaceful public march/gathering on May 25 to register its protest for “real freedom”.

    “The purpose of this public gathering is to draw attention of the government towards public sentiments,” the petition stated, adding that the respo*ndents are illegally trying to halt the march through arr*ests and torture of PTI members, placing containers to block roads, arrests of families of PTI members and lea*ders and restrict the movement of people.

    Meanwhile, the IHC chief justice has constituted a three-member larger bench to hear the petition of sacked Punjab governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    Whole night they raided houses of PTI leaders. Literally broke into houses and even in bed rooms.

    Heart breaking scenes and blood boiling too.

    But am sure our perhay likhay jaahils here at PP will still find ways ro defend it.
    The next 48 hours will be huge. Unfortunately it is as we expected. They are going all out to stop the long march. Containers on all the main roads in Lahore. Probably will do the same in faisalabad and other cities.

    They are absolutely stupid because if there is one thing that you donít do, itís further anger an already furious nation.

    I suspect that today as the news starts to spread we will see a sea of rage online and I donít think I exaggerate but we are on the verge of escalation. The PDM circus is entirely to blame.

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    Iím interested to see what PTI will do because surely one of the very first things that they had to plan for was road blocks, arrests and internet service outage. Perhaps there will be a call for mass local protests again?

    Maybe it was part of their plan all along to whip up more hysteria? Either way PDM have made a silly choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    Punjab police have started crack down against PTI leaders.

    @Bewal Express @DRsohail

    But we were told by our Gurus here that PDM will ensure democracy in Pakistan.

    During PTI time, they all did jalsas etc and PTI didnt create any hurdles for them.

    Pathetic from govt.
    Our Gurus have no moral standards, have seen enough of them here. And what was you expecting from the thugs?

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    One of my best friends family back home was beaten with the men old and young thrashed and arrested. Noones heard from them since


    Their crime? Being pti members

    Filth of a government

    Ptis page posting videos too of a woman and girl crying after bejng slapped and having their father taken away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    One of my best friends family back home was beaten with the men old and young thrashed and arrested. Noones heard from them since


    Their crime? Being pti members

    Filth of a government

    Ptis page posting videos too of a woman and girl crying after bejng slapped and having their father taken away
    They have even arrested 15, 16 years old workers as well.

    These morons have no shame left.

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    Federal ministers and PTI leaders blamed each other on Tuesday in the aftermath of the killing of a policeman who was gunned down during a raid in Lahore against people "taking the law into their own hands" last night.

    Kamal Ahmad, a police constable, was killed during an operation in Lahore's Model Town locality last night after an unidentified person opened fire on him, Lahore DIG Operations Sohail Chaudhry told reporters outside a hospital.

    The raid coincided with the post-midnight police crackdown on PTI leaders' residences, ahead of the party's planned long march to Islamabad on May 25 (tomorrow).

    DIG Chaudhry, without naming any political party, said the police was cracking down on activists who were "taking the law into their own hands and doing hooliganism".

    When the police party reached the home of an activist — Sajid Hussain, against whom the police filed an FIR afterwards — an unidentified person opened fire from its rooftop, the DIG said.

    "A bullet hit the upper part of the constable's chest, which is a very critical area. A lot of effort was made [to save him] but when we reached here (the hospital), he had become frail."

    The policeman later succumbed to his wounds, DIG Chaudhry said. He vowed that the person responsible for the firing would not be able to escape and raids were being conducted to arrest him.

    FIR filed
    A first information report (FIR) filed later notably does not mention the police operation was linked to the raids on PTI leaders, but does identify the alleged shooter.

    The FIR stated that a police party, during a search operation in Model Town, rang the doorbell of Hussain's house at 1:40am. Shortly afterwards, two "armed people", identified as Sajid Hussain and Akrama Bukhari, appeared on the terrace and Hussain asked in a "threatening tone" why they (police) had come to his house late at night, it said.

    The police party responded that they were conducting a search operation regarding tenancy, according to the FIR. However, Hussain and his son became angry and started "threatening the officials with dire consequences".

    "Hussain asked his son Bukhari to fire straight at the police party. Bukhari, with the intention of killing, fired straight at the police party. A bullet struck the chest of Constable Kamal Ahmad, who was standing outside the house."

    Hussain also fired at the police party and a bullet hit the government vehicle, the FIR stated. The constable died on the spot, it added.

    The FIR was registered under Sections 302 (murder), 34 (common intention), 324 (attempt to murder), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 427 (causing damage) of the Pakistan Penal Code, and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act.

    Both Hussain and his son Bukhari were arrested later, police said.

    There were reports of late-night police action at the homes of former federal minister Hammad Azhar in Lahore, while the Lal Haveli residence of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as well as the homes of Fayyazul Hasan Chohan and Ijaz Khan Jazi in Rawalpindi were also purportedly raided.

    In addition, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry also claimed in a tweet that his home in Islamabad was under observation, which was why he had left for Jhelum.

    Videos circulating on social media purportedly showed police raiding the homes of other Punjab-based PTI leaders, including Usman Dar, Malik Waqar Ahmed, Engineer Kashif Kharal, Mazhar Iqbal Gujjar and others.

    Govt, PTI trade blame
    In a statement issued on Tuesday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah termed the policeman's killing "proof that [former prime minister and PTI Chairman] Imran Khan is a terrorist".

    "Kamal Ahmad's killers are Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid and their followers," he claimed and vowed to hold the planners of the "khooni (bloody) march" accountable.

    The firing incident had proven that the PTI do not want a peaceful march, he alleged. "Those who used to abuse [people] have now started shooting. They took the law into their own hands, now the law will make them answer."

    The interior minister also claimed that Imran wanted to start a civil war in the country in the guise of the long march.

    "We will prevent civil war, chaos and disorder in the country through the law," he stressed.

    Sanaullah offered his condolences to the constable's family and said his family would be given the Shuhada package, under which families of slain police officials are given compensation and other facilities.

    The government would take the responsibility for the family's welfare and the children's education, he added.

    Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz also paid tribute to constable Ahmad and offered his condolences to his family.

    He directed the Punjab inspector general of police to submit a report on the incident and arrest those responsible for it soon.

    Hamza has also summoned a meeting to review the law and order situation in the province which will look at the existing measures to ensure protection of the lives and belongings of the public as well as further steps to maintain peace.

    Meanwhile, former information minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry claimed that police officials had "misbehaved" with women and children and "tortured" people. Over 450 workers, including women, were taken into custody, he claimed.

    "Ex-servicemen and people who are retired from civil institutions were also targeted. According to the reports, the family of a retired major opened fire at forced entry into their home after midnight believing they were robbers."

    As a result, the policeman lost his life, he added and claimed that Sanaullah and Hamza were responsible for the incident.

    Fawad said the police had conducted raids on 1,100 homes last night and entered people's houses without any warrants.

    'Red line has been crossed'
    Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement said a "red line has been crossed" as she referred to the policeman's killing. "Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his unequivocal intention to ensure the protection of the economy and the people.

    "It is time to draw a red line to save Pakistan's economy and people," she added. "We have drawn a 'red line' ... and will not allow anyone to cross it."

    PM Shehbaz's spokesperson Malik Ahmed Khan, meanwhile, said if the PTI wants general elections, it should return to parliament for electoral reforms. "Talks will be held inside parliament. Not on the streets. The state will establish its writ. No chaos will be tolerated."

    Late-night crackdown
    The opposition party's fears were realised late on Monday night, when despite assurances that their leaders will not be targeted or arrested ahead of the planned march on the capital, police raided the residences of several key PTI figures.

    PTI chairman Imran had, on Sunday, announced the PTI's plans to hold an 'Azadi March' on Islamabad on May 25 (tomorrow), reportedly after talks with the establishment over early polls fell flat.

    The police action was in stark contrast to the resolve expressed by PM Shehbaz’s spokesperson, who had claimed earlier in the day it had been decided not to arrest any PTI worker ahead of the long march.

    Even Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal had made the same commitment when he said that the "coalition government believes in democracy and respects the right to protest". He claimed that as long as whatever Imran Khan does is within the boundaries of the law and Constitution, it would be accepted while the government will deal with protesters if there is any violation.

    However, Hammad Azhar tweeted just before midnight that police had raided his house to arrest him, but that he managed to evade capture. Talking to reporters, his mother claimed that a heavy police contingent had first knocked at their door before entering to search for her son.

    After the incident, former Punjab health minister Yasmeen Rashid reached Azhar's residence and started a sit-in to protest the police action. Footage circulating on social media showed the former Punjab health minister, a cancer survivor, seated on the pavement as police vehicles were visible in the background.

    PTI chairman Imran Khan also decried the "brutal crackdown" saying the peaceful protest is the right of all citizens. He also said it raised "serious questions about the handlers".

    "The brutal crackdown on PTI leaders and workers in Punjab and Islamabad has once again shown us what we are familiar with — the fascist nature of PML-N when in power."

    He then issued a warning: "I want to warn the crooks and their handlers that these undemocratic and fascist steps will further exacerbate the economic situation and push the country into a state of anarchy."

    In a later tweet, Imran said his government had never prevented the then-opposition from organising their own marches. "PPP, PML-N and JUI marches against our government were never stopped nor did we carry out any crackdown on their workers. This is the difference between democrats and kleptocrats."

    Won't take dictation
    Earlier, the high-level PML-N meeting attended by Punjab Chief Minister Hamza, his cousin Maryam Nawaz, federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah and Khurram Dastgir, and Awais Leghari, lasted for about three hours.

    "We cannot take dictation from Imran Khan to dissolve assemblies and announce fresh polls forthwith. We are not afraid of going to the masses, but if we do so now it would mean we are succumbing to Imran’s pressure and showing weakness, which we should not," a party insider quoted Nawaz as having said.

    The PML-N and its eight allied parties have so far agreed in principle to complete the remaining term of the government till August 2023. However, the coalition is open to reviewing its decision as per the fast-changing political situation.

    The PML-N believes if it shows flexibility over early polls it will be deemed to be succumbing to Imran's pressure, which the party cannot afford to, at least at this stage. "We should not allow Imran to take a group of people to the capital every now and then, and dictate his terms. We can talk with anyone on the issue of early elections as it suits us too, but Imran can’t force us," Nawaz made it clear.

    After the meeting, Nawaz took on the PTI chief on Twitter and said: "People can’t be left at the mercy of miscreant jathas which have already played havoc with their lives in terms of poverty, inflation and joblessness. We as a nation need to stop them."

    Imran's impatience has made it relatively easier for the coalition government to take a decision. "Deliberations among the coalition parties were under way whether to call early elections or not, as the PML-N was reluctant to take the blame for any unpopular decisions to fix the ailing economy, and wanted guaranteed backing of the powerful military establishment to help it see through the remaining 15-month tenure. But the PTI chairman rushed to announce his long march, making it easier for the coalition to decide to stay in power and not give in to Imran’s demands," the party insider said.

    PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz, who in her recent speeches at public rallies, has vociferously advocated for fresh polls and even claimed that her father (Nawaz) also thought so, agreed that the coalition should now face Imran's pressure tactics and defeat him.

    Moreover, the participants of the meeting also agreed to take on board all the allies while making government decisions. Nawaz also directed Shehbaz to start consultations with his 'handpicked' National Assembly opposition leader Raja Riaz for the appointment of a new National Accountability Bureau chief.

    In the meeting, talks with the IMF, tanking economy, free fall of the rupee, Hamza's problems running Punjab in the absence of a cabinet and the election commission's de-seating of 25 PTI dissident MPAs were also discussed. The PML-N leadership stressed consolidating power in Punjab, which it said was its stronghold. In the possible run-off election for a chief minister in the province, Hamza's position appears weak with 172 votes against the PTI-PML-Q's 173.

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    I feel there will be a reaction from crowd today on late night raids that were done on PTI houses. The march might informally start today as people would start accumulating in Islamabad.

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    In a bit to stop the long march of the ousted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), police launched a crackdown on the former ruling party and raided the houses of almost all party leaders forcing them to go into hiding.

    In raids conducted across Pakistan, especially Punjab, the police arrested at least 150 PTI members who will be sent to jail under MPO 16 to foil the much-hyped march announced by Imran Khan.

    Sources told Express News that a list of 350 PTI supporters has been prepared. “This list has been forwarded to relevant police stations by the CCPO office and respective DSPs have been told to monitor the crackdown,” sources added.

    Crackdown on PTI

    Police have raided the houses of PTI Punjab leaders Raja Basharat, Ijaz Khan Jazi, Wasiq Qayyum, Chaudhry Amjad, Chaudhry Adnan, and Rashid Hafiz. However, they were not able to arrest any of the leaders.

    The police officials also conducted raids on the residences of Babar Awan, Hammad Azhar, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Ali Naveed Bhatti, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Malik Nadeem Abbas, Yasir Gillani, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Saadia Sohail, Ijaz Chaudhry, Akram Usman, Aqil Siddiqui, Amir Riaz, Mohammad Haider as well.

    The house of a former advisor to Punjab governor Salman Shoaib was also raided. Shoaib, in a video message, said the police violated the sanctity of the household as he vowed to avenge the raid and threatened to "drag CM Hamza Shehbaz" in Lahore.

    Rawalpindi police also raided Lal Haveli, the residence of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid. Rashid and his nephew managed to evade the police, however.

    In Kasur, Rashid Tufail’s house was raided as well. However, he was not home. In Shera Kot, police raided the house of Saeed Ahmed Khan. Khan alleged that police scaled the walls of his house using ladders and disregarded the sanctity of the house.

    As per our correspondent in Lahore, at least 70 PTI members have been detained so far in the overnight raids.

    Meanwhile, Sindh police also launched a crackdown on PTI leadership in Sindh. In a raid at the house of PTI Karachi General Secretary Saifur Rehman, police made the arrest. However, raids on the residences of Saeed Afridi, PTI Karachi President Bilal Ghaffar, Arslan Taj, and Shehzad Qureshi were an exercise in futility.

    Sources said that most of the PTI leaders had moved to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to evade arrests by the police.

    Sources in the police said the purpose of these raids was to throw a spanner in the long march. They added the security at the entry and exit points was also being increased.

    The sources in the government said the police raids were conducted because there were reports that the “participants of the march could create a law and order situation”. They said ‘Azadi March’ will be allowed to enter Islamabad but if it tried to move towards Red Zone then the state would all means to stop it.

    D-Chowk Sealed

    The government has stepped up measures in Islamabad to brace for the marchers that are expected to descend on the capital a day later. Police have sealed the D-Chowk by placing containers and blocking the routes leading towards Red Zone.

    Amid the crackdown on the PTI, another strategy is also being pondered to deal with the marchers. Sources said that it was being proposed that instead of stopping the march in its tracks, the government should allow the PTI to hold a protest at Srinagar (Kashmir) Highway.

    Read more Imran hints at turning Islamabad long march into prolonged sit-in

    Sources further claimed that if the PTI protesters tried to move beyond the Kashmir Highway then the government would use legal means to stop them. It was also decided that no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands and anyone found in violation of the law would be dealt with iron hands. It is being said that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah will be assigned the task after a meeting of the coalition parties.

    PTI's plan

    The former ruling PTI has come up with multiple plans to evade arrests by the police and circumvent the security deployed to stop the march. According to PTI sources, the march will be turned into a sit-in in Islamabad that would be ended only after the announcement of snap elections.

    If the government does not agree to an early election, the sit-in could also be moved to Red Zone and eventually the Prime Minister’s House. They said if the government tried to create hurdles, they would use all legal and political means available.

    In case of the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other leaders, the PTI will take out rallies at important intersections across the country. Four-tier security by the workers of the PTI will be provided to Imran as well. In case of more arrests, the PTI will start a ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (fill prisons movement).

    In order to counter the crackdown, the PTI after consultations between the bigwigs has decided to install ‘protest camps’ in key districts of Pakistan on Wednesday.

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    Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah blamed PTI Chairman Imran Khan for the death of a police constable last night during a police raid as part of a crackdown against PTI leaders ahead of the party's Azadi March. Sanaullah said the cop's death is “proof that Imran Khan is a terrorist”.

    During a raid of a PTI leader's house in Lahore's Model Town, police constable Kamal Ahmed was shot in the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

    DIG Operations Lahore Captain (Retd) Muhammad Sohail Chaudhry said: "The suspect fired the bullet from the rooftop of a house...we are still investigating but we will not spare those involved [in the crime]."

    “Kamal Ahmed's killers are Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid and his followers,” the interior minister said.

    Read more: Sindh govt to impose section 144 across province on terror threat

    The interior minister accused PTI leaders of conspiring toward a "bloody march" and inciting civil war, claiming that the ousted government would be held accountable for their “crimes”.

    "The firing at the police has proved that this is not a political activity, it is proof that they do not want a peaceful march," Sanaullah said.

    The minister vehemently stated that the constable's killers would be brought to justice. "We will prevent civil war, chaos and disorder in the country through the law," he said, claiming that the "abusers" had taken the law into their hands.

    Extending his condolences to the family of the deceased constable, he announced that the government would give them a shuhada package and take complete responsibility for his family members, including the educational responsibilities for his children.

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    A slap on the pathetic faces of govt and their supporters

    Who in a right state of mind can defend such things?









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    Pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermoine Green View Post
    A slap on the pathetic faces of govt and their supporters

    Who in a right state of mind can defend such things?









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    "Who in a right state of mind can defend such things?" Their supporters will continue to defend their fascist behavior.

    I see this as a sign of PDM being under extreme pressure, they know they will lose badly if an election were to take place right now.

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    Imran asks 'neutrals', judges to do the right thing

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday lashed out at the government for trying to stop the party's long march to Islamabad, asking the country's judiciary and 'neutrals' to "do the right thing".

    He expressed these views while addressing a news conference in Peshawar, in which he pilloried the government and described its recent moves as "akin to what dictators do" after the government said it would not allow his party's march on the capital tomorrow.

    His speech came a day after a police crackdown on his party workers, in which a number of workers were allegedly rounded up. A policeman was also martyred the same night in an operation in Lahore. The government and the PTI blame each other for the killing.

    At the outset of his press conference, Imran said that the this was a "defining moment for the country" which would decide its fate. He asserted that there was no difference between the "fascist government" and the military dictators of the past, saying that both used the same tactics.

    He maintained that during the PTI government's tenure, the then opposition was allowed to stage protests and long marches several times. "They marched several times with the purpose of ousting the government but did we resort to these methods?"

    Imran lashed out at the government for conducting late-night raids in Lahore, and for barging into homes of innocent citizens. He questioned why the government was suddenly resorting to such tactics, calling on them to highlight any instance in the past where he had ever broken the law.

    The PTI chairman said that the country was looking towards the judiciary, telling them that this was their "trial". "The country is going to look at your decisions," he said, asserting that the long march was a peaceful protest and the party's democratic right.

    He went on to say that the PTI had a right to stage a protest against the "imported conspiracy". "Did we protest when Bilawal staged a long march? Did we arrest him? Fazlur Rehman also staged a march [...] we said we would help them."

    Addressing the judiciary, he asked whether it would allow such harassment and raids to take place. "If you allow this, then the credibility of the judiciary will cease to exist. It would mean that there is no democracy in Pakistan."

    He then addressed the country's bar associations, asking why they were not condemning the government's actions. "I want to thank the lawyers [of the country] who are standing to protect the democracy of the country. But the bar associations that are not issuing condemnations, the nation is looking at you. Are you standing with [the government]?"

    He asserted that "staying neutral" was no longer an option. "You have to decide which side you are standing on. God has not given us permission to walk in the middle, that means that you are helping the criminals."

    Addressing "those who call themselves neutral", he said that they had taken an oath to protect the country's independence and sovereignty. "You need to understand that the public is looking at you, and you will also be judged. You will be equally responsible if the country goes towards destruction."

    He asserted that the only solution going forward was to conduct early elections. "There is no other solution," he said, expressing the fear that the country was headed down the path of Sri Lanka, which is in the throes of an economic crisis.

    The government wasn't interested in serving the country and only wanted to end their corruption cases. "Therefore, I want to give a message to everyone: Neutrals and lawyers, this is a defining moment."

    Commenting on last night's raid at the home of retired Justice Nasira Iqbal, he said: "Her house was raided last night [...] I want to ask the neutrals and the judiciary, the scenes that you are witnessing, what kind of government can do this? Not a democratic one."

    He asserted that he would lead a rally from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Islamabad tomorrow, saying that for him this was no longer about politics but was a "jihad".

    Imran alleged that the current government had been brought into power by the United States because it would bend over backwards for them. "All of their assets are abroad, they are slaves [...] 400 drone attacks were carried out when Zardari and Nawaz were in government but they did not say a single word."

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1691286/im...he-right-thing

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    I know that story about the policeman's death. They raided it like burglar rats and fired which was returned in kind

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    Former ally PAT distances itself from PTI’s May 25 long march

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    The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), a former ally of ousted premier Imran Khan during the 2014 sit-in, said on Tuesday that it would not take part in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march against the federal government on May 25.

    PAT Spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui told the Express Tribune that the PTI had not yet contacted the party, however, he clarified that PAT would not join PTI during the current protest march, which might evolve in to a sit-in, even if asked to do so.

    Earlier, PTI Chairman and former premier Imran Khan announced that his party would kick off its much-hyped long march against the “imported government” to the federal capital on May 25.

    “The PAT is of the view that the PTI, in its three and a half years of government, did not take any step to bring justice to the family members of the Model Town tragedy whereas some government officials involved in the incident were given promotions. PAT still believes that holding elections without reforms would be meaningless,” the party spokesperson added.

    Siddique added that even in 2018, PAT had advised the PTI to conduct reforms before the elections. If Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution had been implemented then the PTI government would not have ended, he claimed.

    On the other hand, a large number of activists affiliated with the PAT on social media seemed to support Imran’s stance against the current government as they are keeping a watchful eye on their party's central leadership and what it decides to do regarding the long march.

    In this regard, the PAT spokesperson said that no party leader had supported the participation in PTI's anti-government protests.

    Earlier, in a bid to stop the long march of the ousted PTI, police launched a crackdown on the former ruling party and raided the houses of almost all party leaders forcing them to go into hiding.

    In raids conducted across Pakistan, especially Punjab, the police arrested at least 150 PTI members who will be sent to jail under MPO 16 to foil the much-hyped march announced by Imran Khan.

    Sources told Express News that a list of 350 PTI supporters has been prepared. “This list has been forwarded to relevant police stations by the CCPO office and respective DSPs have been told to monitor the crackdown,” sources added.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2358120...-25-long-march

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    I know that story about the policeman's death. They raided it like burglar rats and fired which was returned in kind
    More to this. The shot was fired into the air to warn at that point unknown intruders.

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