PTI holding Jalsa, JUI workers on Srinagar Highway, PMLN rally on way to capital
PTI supporters assemble in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Political confrontation in the federal capital is on a nerve-wracking level, where the ruling PTI is trying its best to make the public meeting meeting a success despite mounting pressure from opposition parties, which are opposed to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A no-confidence motion has been tabled, which is expected to take about a week to be voted on. Imran Khan is also facing long marches of the opposition.
Islamabad is all set to host the rally amid mounting political tensions ahead of the no-confidence vote submitted by the opposition against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged citizens to reach Islamabad’s Parade Ground as the ruling PTI and its supporters assembled in the capital for the party’s “historic” power show.
Opposition alliance’s important partner JUI-F workers and leaders have already reached Kashmir Road, while PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and Punjab Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz are leading their party caravan to federal capital. PMLN rally on the GT Road is being termed as the last nail in the coffin of the PTI government.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, warned the JUI-F that hold a sit-in in Islamabad would not be allowed as they were only allowed to hold a rally on Saturday. If they want to hold a rally on Sunday too, they will have to make another request.
Interior Minister warned that no party would be allowed to enter the red zone and those who tried to take the law into their own hands by blocking the way of another party or holding sit-ins in violation of Supreme Court directives, Action will be taken against them.
Shaikh Rashid said the Srinagar Highway has been handed over to Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps, where a total of 15,000 personnel will be on security duty. In addition, the government has the power under Article 245 of the Constitution to call in troops if required, but it is hoped that this will not be the case.
PPP fears bloodshed in capital
PPP Senators Palwasha Khan and Rubina Khalid feared a conspiracy hatched to cause bloodshed on the streets of Islamabad. Addressing a press conference they said that the PPP had lately also advised other opposition parties against holding a sit-in in the capital to avoid clashes.
Maryam Nawaz addressing the marchers said that Mr Khan had already lost power and only a ‘formal announcement’ was to be made. “Once the long march reaches the capital the departure of the selected regime will be announced.”