‘Plan C’ will get in motion today: Imran
PAT, PML-Q, MWM not to attend rally; Section 144 imposed, pillion riding banned
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan on Saturday said his protest sit-in will continue till justice is done and that ‘Plan C’ will be kicked off today.
“Sit-in will continue on this container till justice is done,” the PTI Chairman said while addressing the participants of his sit-in here.
He said even ‘Plan D’ is ready to be put in motion in case the ‘Plan C’ fails to produce desired outcome.
Commenting on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement of reducing the prices of petroleum products, Imran Khan termed it the result of his party’s ongoing sit-in. “Had there been no sit-in, the electricity tariff would have been raised and no relief given in the prices of petrol/diesel,” he argued. He said even the small children are now aware of their rights. “That’s what I call a change.”
Meanwhile, in an interview Imran Khan said that dropping clues about his ‘line of action’ down the line, Saturday said the PTI would obviously go to public after being denied justice from all the institutions.
“What else a political party can do other than moving the masses after parliament, judiciary, election commission, and other tribunals give a deaf ear to its repeated appeals for doing what is right”, Khan said. Khan said his was not a ‘career-oriented Continued politics’ but rather a time-frame-less mission.
My mission doesn’t have a preset endpoint in time or a prescribed target date. I will go along with it for as long as it continues. This sit-in might still be here in March next year or maybe beyond that. Who knows?” Khan added.
To a question, Khan said being the ‘premier beneficiary’ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would never allow last year’s ‘rigged’ elections see an impartial audit.
“It is because Sharif family’s business interests are tied to their staying in power. How can he let his coveted profits take a hit?” he said.
Khan said that he had invited all the supporting parties but wasn’t sure whether there representatives/workers would show up at PTI’s Sunday rally, which he claimed would attract a record crowd in the history of Islamabad.
“I will announce my Plan C tomorrow. I can’t let you know what’s it about right now”, Khan said tactfully talking around the trick question: What should people expect to hear from you tomorrow?
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday announced to impose Section 144 in the federal capital and subsequently banning pillion riding during the day, as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is all set to show its political strength in its bid to oust the incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The local administration has imposed Section 144 in the federal capital which will be effective from 12:00 midnight on Saturday night in the wake of PTI public rally during the day.
The administration also banned pillion riding and media coverage of the rally through helicam cameras.
Though Section 144 will be in place during the day, the PTI supporters and workers will be allowed to converge on Parade Avenue for the rally.
On the other hand, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Majlis Wehdatul-Muslimeen on Saturday announced not to participate in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s rally scheduled for today in the federal capital.
A joint meeting of the leaders of the three parties was held in Lahore, wherein they discussed the PTI’s invitation extended to them to attend the Nov 30 rally in Islamabad.
After thorough deliberations, the leadership of the three parties decided not to attend the rally. They were of the opinion that PTI did not brief them about the motives of its public meeting.
Talking to media after the meeting, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur of PAT said that they were thankful to PTI for the invitation, but it was not possible for them to participate in the rally.
He said that the PTI did not elaborate to them the motives and objectives of its scheduled Nov 30 rally.
Gandapu further said that they were ready to co-operate with the PTI, but its was not possible for them to practically participate in PTI’s Islamabad show.
It is to be mentioned here that PTI is going to hold a grand pubic meeting in Islamabad tomorrow in its ongoing push to oust the incumbent PML-N government headed by Nawaz Sharif, questioning its legitimacy.—Online