Talal Chaudhry’s open challenge to PTI
Lahore—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has announced to extend the date of his party’s Oct 30 protest to Nov 2.
The PTI leadership has decided to change the date of Oct 30 anti-government protest in Islamabad to Nov 2; however, a formal announcement in this regard will be made later, a private TV news channel.
“We are extending the plan for three days as Islamabad usually remains closed on Sunday. A final date in this regard will be announced later,” Khan said while addressing a gathering of workers here.
Imran Khan said, “The final date of Islamabad Dharna will be finalized Sunday today”.
About Islamabad rally, Imran said, “All the routes leading to government offices will be blocked”. “The federal capital will witness a sea of people, however, out protest will be peaceful,” Imran maintained.
PTI Chief said he had not contacted any other opposition party for Islamabad shut down, invitation is open for all.
“No option is left but to come on streets if the democratic institutions fail to provide justice,” Imran said justifying his rallies.
Imran said that the party’s protest in Islamabad will only conclude if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down or returns the ‘looted money’ to the exchequer.
“The protest will only conclude if the prime minister tenders his resignation or the money unearthed [by Panama Papers] is returned [to the exchequer],” Imran said.
The PTI leader claimed that the rulers have made national institutions dysfunctional, saying masses should take to the streets to save the suppressed segment of the society. “Corruption unearthed by Panama Papers was just the tip of the iceberg.”
“We will not let the government continue to function until the prime minister meets our demands,” Imran said before warning “this time PTI supporters will stage a sit-in on the road and restrain government offices from working”.
He also advised his workers on the occasion to “bring considerable quantity of food with them,” signalling a prolonged stay in the federal capital.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Talal Chaudhry has dared people of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to shut down Islamabad as they have announced to do so on October 30.
Reacting strongly on Imran Khan’s remarks, he advised Khan to stop threatening others, saying Islamabad will remain open during the PTI’s protest.