Thousands of PTI workers return from ‘historic’ rally with mixed feelings

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For many, PM Khan’s 100-minute address was a repeat of earlier speeches

Zubair Qureshi

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and supporters who had come to the federal capital in thousands of numbers from all parts of the country, returned to their homes Sunday evening with mixed feelings.

For many reasons, it was not ‘the address’ they had been expecting as their leader had promised to give them a surprise.

However, still many said it was worth it.

Akhtar Hussain a diehard supporter of the PTI who had come from Sialkot said Imran Khan proved himself a global leader of the Muslim world since he made it clear to the European countries and the US that Pakistan was ready to have friendly relations with them but would never become their slave.

There were also many in the Parade Ground who did not agree with Akhtar Hussain’s views as they were expecting some big surprise, something unusual but ‘unfortunately’ according to them it was the repeat of many speeches Khan has been delivering in the past.

Imdad Hussain who had come from Sindh to hear the promised surprise from his leader was disappointed with the speech saying there was nothing new in it, the same old verbosity and self-praise.

the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) main component Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is all set for show of power today (Monday) at the Srinagar Highway’s Peshawar Mor junction.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad Sunday warned JUI-F against creating a law and order situation in Islamabad ahead of or during the PTI’s rally at the Parade Ground.

At a press conference in Islamabad, Rashid said “strict action will be taken if peace is disturbed or anybody tries to block the Srinagar Highway in violation of the Supreme Court’s orders.”

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had also on Saturday warned the JUI-F against violating conditions of the no-objection certificate (NOC) for holding a public gathering under the banner of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and directed the capital administration to act against violators in accordance with law.

On the other hand, organisers of the JUI-F public gathering assured the capital administration that they would follow the terms and conditions of the NOC in letter and spirit.

In another development, PDM president and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman arrived in Islamabad on Saturday night leading a rally from his hometown Dera Ismail Khan.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had disposed of a petition filed by the deputy commissioner of Islamabad seeking initiation of proceedings against the organisers of the public gathering for violating the NOC’s condition of not obstructing public passages.

The capital administration had on Friday issued a show-cause notice to the JUI-F for planning to set up a stage on Srinagar Highway by blocking the road in violation of the terms and conditions of the NOC.The notice was issued by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat to the JUI-F Islamabad head, Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, asking him to reply within 48 hours otherwise the NOC would be cancelled.

 

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