Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) “historic gathering” at Parade Ground in Islamabad as party workers from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and other parts of Pakistan have started to arrive in the federal capital to be express support with their leader ahead of the no-confidence motion against him.
In a message ahead of the public meeting, PM Imran shared an audio message wherein he termed the March 27 gathering a day of the “battle for Pakistan”. Imran said, “We have not taken to streets to save PTI, we are out to fight the battle for Pakistan.”
The premier urged people to leave for the venue at their earliest to avoid traffic gridlocks. He added that the PTI came out today to make history.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed held a presser wherein he revealed the timing of the prime minister’s address at the gathering. He said that the premier had made it clear that he wanted to make his address soon.
About security measures, Rashid said he was present at the control centre of the interior ministry. He added, “At least 6,000 Rangers, Frontier Corps, and other security personnel are deployed for security purposes.”
He, however, forewarned the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) that they would be responsible for any collisions on the Srinagar Highway which they were blocking. The minister stated that JUI-F was served a second show-cause notice today over illegal sit-in at the Srinagar Highway despite court orders.
“If the place is not vacated, an FIR will be filed against JUI-F,” he said.
Rashid said that the opposition ran away from Pakistan under the guise of health issues and illness. He also condemned what the opposition had said about the Pakistan Army.
The interior minister stated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would hold its rally on March 28, and was given permission to do so. He claimed that PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif had attempted to run away from the country, but the interior ministry had stopped him.
“If you create any fuss, the administration will take action”, Rashid warned.