ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced on Monday that his party’s proposed ‘Islamabad’s lockdown’ will now take place on November 2 instead of previously announced October 30.
Khan announced the decision while speaking to the media following a meeting of the party’s senior leaders held in the federal capital today.
“[On] Wednesday 2 pm Islamabad lockdown will begin,” he said.
Giving his reasons for the protest sit-in, the PTI chief said: “We went to ToR’s committee, Public accounts committee, Parliament … but for no good.
“This is a decisive moment; there are only two ways left now, either we head towards destruction or we come out for Change. Our protest will be completely peaceful but government should not even think of attacking us because we are prepared.”
Urging residents of Islamabad to put up with the difficulties they will likely face during the protest, Khan said: “I know you will have to face temporary difficulties but trust me we approached all opposition parties but I’ve reached to the conclusion that they are all the same.
“Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have the same interests. It’s time to rid Pakistan of this corrupt mafia looting this nation.”
The cricketer-turned-politician also invited farmers, doctors, students, teachers and people from all professions to partake in the proposed demonstration. “This is a do-or-die situation for Pakistan. Our demand is very simple; Mian sb either resign or present yourself for accountability. There is no third option.”
Taking a jibe at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Imran Khan said Bilawal-announced December 27 protest is exactly what PML-N wants. “This will drag the issue so much that people will forget about it.”
The apparent reason behind the change of ‘lockdown’s’ date is the concerns shown by the lawyers’ fraternity over the timing of protest which is coinciding with the annual election of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), scheduled to be held on October 31.
The PTI chief had initially announced the plan to lay siege to Islamabad on October 30 as part of his party’s accountability movement against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks. -brecoder