Imran Khan said he would go ahead with his program of protest marches and dharnas in Islamabad until fresh elections were announced in Pakistan. Imran Khan (69) tweeted, “Rumors were spread and deliberately propagated that a settlement has been reached. no way. We are moving towards Islamabad and there is no question of any compromise. We will stay in Islamabad till the assembly is dissolved and the election dates are announced. I call on all the people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to join the march.
Roads leading to the capital were closed
Earlier, ‘Duniya’ news channel had told in a news that after the intervention of the army, the Pakistan government has given permission to organize ‘Azadi March’ of Imran Khan’s party in Islamabad. Meanwhile, in the wake of clashes between the police and supporters of Khan’s party, the government blocked several main roads leading to the capital with containers and trucks at various places.
Maryam Nawaz calls Imran’s march a flop
Maryam Nawaz, the vice-president of the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, also rubbished news about any agreement with Khan’s party. He replied to a journalist’s tweet that PTI leaders have offered to withdraw their protest march if they are allowed to hold a rally in Islamabad. Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “The true fact is – they were looking for an escape for two days seeing the March fail. Today, when the Long March failed miserably, he proposed a rally instead of a sit-in.
Was there a conversation between the government and PTI?
Earlier, according to the news of ‘Duniya’ news channel, the army, which was keeping a close watch on the situation, asked both the sides to resolve their differences. On behalf of the government, former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, former Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader and minister Maulana Asad Mahmood held talks with the leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The PTI leaders included former ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Pervez Khattak.
The channel, citing its sources, said that in the talks between 10 am to 1.30 pm, it was agreed that PTI would be allowed to hold a rally in Islamabad and its supporters would return after a peaceful protest. The military has been in power for more than half of the country’s 75-year history and plays a vital role in matters of security and foreign policy.
Thieves and servants are ruling in Islamabad
Khan along with hundreds of his supporters is leading the march in a truck. Addressing his supporters at Swabi crossroads on the M-2 motorway in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Khan said that “thieves and American servants are ruling Islamabad.” He urged his supporters to maintain peace and said. That the march would go ahead as planned by holding a rally at D-Chowk, Islamabad.
Several important government buildings are located nearby where the rally will be held. These include the President’s Office, the Prime Minister’s Office, Parliament and the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, crackdowns were launched in various cities and police arrested hundreds of PTI activists and some of its leaders for preventing them from participating in the “Azadi March”. The government imposed Section 144 to ban large gatherings in major cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Karachi.
internet turned off
The violence caused by the Long March has also shut down the internet in many cities to stop the spread of rumours. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) dismissed reports that internet was down across the country. Internet has been completely disrupted in 11 cities. Internet service has been suspended in Attock and Gujarat.