‘Plan C’ will get in mo­tion to­day: Im­ran

PAT, PML-Q, MWM not to at­tend rally; Sec­tion 144 im­posed, pil­lion rid­ing banned

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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

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