PTI lawmakers being given targets for march


PTI lawmakers being given targets for march LAHORE: In a bid to maximise participation of the masses in the Sept 30 protest march on Raiwind, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has decided to mobilise its tiny parliamentary force in the Punjab Assembly.

The PTI has 29 representatives in the 371-strong house.

Swinging into action, opposition leader Mahmoodur Rashid on Wednesday held the first meeting with a batch of five party MPAs, including Ijaz Bukhari and Jehanzeb Khichhi, while he is planning to meet others in the next couple of days.

“Because of the wedding season, many lawmakers are busy and may not gather at a time,” Mr Rashid argued in response to a query by Dawn about not meeting all MPAs simultaneously.

Replying to another question about the targets being given to his colleagues in the provincial assembly with regard to the Sept 30 march, he said each MPA would bring along at least 500 protesters and be responsible for their food and transport arrangements.

Each MPA will bring along at least 500 protesters

He did not know if the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ticket-holders in the 2013 general election were also being given any targets.

In fact, in the absence of party structure (for all organisations have been dissolved by chairman Imran Khan) no one in the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf knows who will take input from and/or involve in the march preparations the ticket-holders as well as the PTI representatives in local governments.

“Yes, we’re facing problems in the absence of party oganisations,” a former leader of the party’s Punjab chapter admitted.

Requesting anonymity, he said the day for the Raiwind march is approaching fast but the organising committees comprising members from nine central Punjab districts have not yet started working what to talk of the preparations in other districts.

However, Imran Khan is concerned about the funding issue. A spokesman to the chairman said that central general secretary Jehangir Tareen, central Punjab region president Abdul Aleem Khan and former PTI Punjab organiser Chaudhry Sarwar had been asked to arrange funds for the march.

Chaudhry Sarwar particularly had been asked to mobilise the business forum, whose members had met the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman at the Royal Palm, for the purpose, he added.


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