Imran announces not to join Qadri's long march
17 January, 2013
LAHORE: Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday announced that it will not take part in the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) sit-in.
PTI Information Secretary Shahfqat Mehmood said the decision was taken in a meeting and the party would support democratic forces in the country. "Our party believes only an elected government can bring real change."
Earlier, opposition parties, including the PML-N, announced that they would not support an undemocratic move and pressed the government to announce the date for general elections and the caretaker setup.
In his address on Wednesday, TMQ chief Qadri had invited Imran Khan's PTI to join the sit-in underway in Islamabad. The PTI said that immediate fair and free elections, under a neutral caretaker government, were the only way out of crisis confronted by the country.
While presiding over a meeting of the party's Political Strategy Committee Imran Khan said that early elections had become even more imperative because of the constitutional crisis in Balochistan, deteriorating law and order situation, visible Indian aggression on the Line of Control, and a deep sense of anger pervading the nation because of inflation, unemployment, load shedding of electricity and gas, closure of CNG stations etc.
The party said what is happening in Balochistan is a virtual genocide of the Shia community.