Will lead biggest procession in Pakistan's history: Imran Khan

Will lead biggest procession in Pakistan's history: Imran Khan

Peshawar (Web Desk): Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he will lead a biggest procession in Pakistan's history on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, the PTI chief said that that he will leave for Islamabad tomorrow despite incumbent government's announcement of stopping his long march.

Imran Khan urged the country's judiciary and 'neutrals' to "do the right thing".

The PTI chief also asked the officials to defy the orders of the 'imported and corrupt' government, stating it was their legal right to defy unlawful orders.

Imran Khan defended his party’s democratic right to protest and said “the future is in the hands of the people, this is not just my battle but all of ours.”

Lashing out at the government for conducting late-night raids in Lahore and for barging into the homes of innocent citizens, the former premier questioned why the government was suddenly resorting to such tactics, calling on them to highlight any instance in the past where he had ever broken the law.

"They went into people's homes with no care for the women and children. A retired major’s home was raided. What kind of a country does this happen in?"

"These political families are fascists, there is no difference between them and military dictators," he said.

Defending his government, the former prime minister stated that his party members had 'never broken the law', adding that the PTI protests were always lawful.

The former premier upheld that the PTI government never placed any restrictions on the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) right to protest when they held a long march to Islamabad. In fact, Khan claimed that the government “helped” the former opposition parties.

"The police and paramilitary troops would be unable to arrest a nation of 220 million people, "Imran Khan said adding that the protesters cannot be stopped.

"We will make history tomorrow, there are not enough policemen or Rangers to stop us," the PTI chief said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has decided to stop Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) long march to Islamabad while reiterating to ensure safety to public life and property.

Addressing the press conference, Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah said that the government will not allow the PTI spread "chaos and disorder" in the guise of the march.

He said that the PTI chief Imran Khan will be stopped from propagating his misleading agenda against the country and the people.

"These people (PTI) have moved from abuses to bullets. A police constable was killed in Lahore."

"Don't be misled by Imran Khan. He directed his party members during rallies to call people from other parties robbers and traitors. This is how he wants to spread chaos and disorder."

Rana Sana said that everyone had the right of freedom of expression and peaceful protest, however, the PTI did not want a peaceful protest.

"Had they not called it a bloody march and talked about spreading anarchy, we would not have stopped them.

"The interior minister vowed to protect the lives and properties of the capital's people "at all costs" and claimed that the situation would be normalised by 10pm tomorrow.

Rana Sanaullah was flanked by leaders from allied parties, including JUI-F's Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi, PPP's Qamar Zaman Kaira and Jamhoori Watan Party's Shahzain Bugti who affirmed that the decision to stop the long march had been taken through consensus.

Moreover, the federal government as well as the governments of Sindh and Punjab decided to impose a ban on gatherings under Section 144 (power to issue order absolute at once in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday stopped the government from harassing PTI leaders and workers.

Hearing a petition filed by the PTI against the ongoing countrywide crackdown and detentions of its workers ahead of its Azadi March, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked, "Even in a law and order situation, the rules laid down by the SC should be followed."

According to the PTI leaders, hundreds of its workers were detained across the country.

A constable was killed during police raid at a PTI's  worker in Model, Lahore.

As per details, police raided a house in Model Town C-Block on Monday night to arrest a local PTI leader.

During the raid, Constable Kamal Ahmad was shot dead when a bullet fired from a rooftop hit him.

According to DIG Operations, police conducted a raid at the residence of a PTI worker named Sajid, during which the police party came under fire from the roof of the house.

On Monday night, Punjab Police raided the houses of several PTI leaders, including former energy minister Hammad Azhar, Usman Dar, and Babar Awan.

The development comes hours after PTI chairman Imran Khan on Sunday announced long march to Islamabad on May 25.