Befitting reply if march disrupted


Befitting reply if march disrupted LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has warned the Punjab government of sharp response if it tried creating hurdles to party’s peaceful protest demonstration on Raiwind Road, near Nawaz Sharif’s residence in Jati Umra, on Sept 30.

Stating that the peaceful protest aimed at forcing the rulers to present themselves for accountability in the wake of Panamagate, Mr Khan said, peaceful protests became inevitable when the state institutions stopped dispensing justice. He said party’s protest would attract a massive crowd from all over Pakistan to tell the rulers that they wanted accountability of the corrupt. He said he would go to police stations if his workers were arrested for participating in the march.

He said this while talking to reporters at Lahore airport and later at Royal Palm and Chairman’s Secretariat on Monday.

Mr Khan said the government wanted to gain time and bury the Panamagate scandal. He said corruption had ruined all institutions in the country.

He will stay in Lahore till the Raiwind protest.

Mr Khan said he would personally oversee the “historic march” arrangements, adding that protest rallies would also be organised on city roads on Sept 28.

Mr Khan said Nawaz Sharif was borrowing planes from Sri Lanka and holding inauguration ceremonies to trick the masses. The government was, however, accusing the PTI of hindering country’s development, he said, adding that the country would be facing serious problems, if the nation did not protest against corruption.

He said the army as well as the nation would respond strongly if India tried to impose war on Pakistan. He said Indian premier Narendra Modi was hurling threats to divert world’s focus from the atrocities by Indian forces in India-held Kashmir. He said the Kashmiris’ struggle for independence would soon bear fruits and added that the Pakistani nation was standing by the Kashmiris.

Also, Mr Khan with Abdul Aleem Khan presided over a meeting of party office-bearers from all Punjab central region districts and instructed them to make massive arrangements for the Sept 30 show.

He said Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who returned to National Assembly through rigged polls twice, had ruined the credibility of the National Assembly by rejecting reference against the prime minister. He said the prime minister was out to destroy all national institutions just to save his corruption. He said he knew the Federal Board of Revenue chairman was laundering Rs250 million Dubai every month.

He said his party was in touch with opposition parties, adding bloody revolutions were inevitable when peaceful protests were stopped by the government.

About retired Justice Wajihuddin’s resignation from the PTI membership, Mr Khan said that he had lots of respect for him and would welcome Mr Wajihuddin, if he launched his own political party.


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