PTI to lockdown Capital on Nov 2


Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced on Monday that his party’s lockdown of the capital would be postponed by three days. Speaking to reporters outside his Bani Gala residence, Imran Khan said his party would begin to shutdown Islamabad from the afternoon of November 2. The PTI was originally scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on October 30. Khan added he had heard from several quarters the government was thinking of a crackdown. “We are ready for whatever means the government takes,” he said. He said that it was his democratic right to protest peacefully. “If the government will stay peaceful so will we.” The PTI chairman said he wanted to remind everyone why they were protesting. “Because for the last six months the prime minister of Pakistan is not coming out clean against serious allegations against him.” He lamented how political parties were not interested in tackling corruption. “We had invited everyone to come on the same page.” The PTI chief has threatened complete shutdown of the capital in his latest protest against the prime minister over the Panama leaks scandal. A PTI source had also said the party leadership was discussing measures to make the event a ‘great success’ Party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mehmoud Qureshi meanwhile said it could be T20, one day or five-day test match, and if the government didn’t behave, “we are even ready for a tournament”. “Other political parties in particular and the masses in general must understand that the accountability movement is not for the removal of the prime minister or power grab by the PTI, but to bring the former to the dock,” he said.