PTI Chairman Imran to lead 'Azad March' into 'red zone'
19 August, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that he will lead the march into 'red zone' of the federal capital on Tuesday when his deadline expires.
"Because I am worried that police is ours and you are also mine and I do not want any clash with police. That's why I have decided I will lead the march to the red zone," he said to the protesters. "Police will have to decide whether they will fire at Imran Khan or not. I know the police will not shoot at Imran Khan," he said.
To the 'Gullu Butts,' he said that if they raise arms against workers, they would have no place to hide. He said that the world would witness the power of Pakistanis tomorrow. He asked the party workers to promise that they would follow behind him and that if something happens, he would take the first bullet.
"You have to promise not to embarrass your leader. You have to stay peaceful. Do not break as much as a potted plant. It will be a peaceful march," he said. He pleaded to the Islamabad police not to engage in violence tomorrow. Imran felicitated his party administration for better arrangements of the sit-in today as compared to past few days.
He said a civil disobedience movement was the best way to get freedom from oppressors. He lamented that the poor has to pay taxes on everything. "In democracy, rulers are answerable to the masses and in monarchy they are not," he said while explaining difference between democracy and monarchy.
Nisar, Shahbaz call on Gen Sharif on current political situation
Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif here on Monday.
During the meeting, Nisar and Shahbaz discussed the 'Revolution March' and 'Azadi March,' being held in the federal capital, with the army chief, sources said. They also discussed the security situation along with issues related to law and order.
The sources said it was agreed during the meeting that dialogue should be opened immediately with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) to listen to their demands. The meeting comes at the heels of PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri holding rallies in Islamabad.
The PTI chief had declared a civil disobedience movement on Sunday in protest against alleged rigging during the 2013 general election in May. Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have both demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately resigned from his current position.