MURIDKE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Long march in leadership of its chief Imran Khan resumed its journey towards the federal capital from Muridke here on Sunday.
The march kicked off from Liberty Chowk on Friday.The second day (PTI) long march to Islamabad has come to an end at Rachna Town near Ferozwala,
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan rejected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif claim that secret interlocutors had been sent for negotiations
Imran Khan stated that the prime minister had nothing to offer.
Addressing the gathered crowd as part of his long march in Muridke at around midday, Imran first apologized to his party supporters for returning to Lahore after reports emerged that rifts had emerged between two groups of PTI supporters in the district.
Imran said that he did not know his supporters were waiting for him all night in the cold on the roads while he was napping soundly at home.
He cheekily added that the large crowd gathered would not have been visible at night so it is better that they were doing it in the day.
He then addressed the revalations made by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif that messages had been sent by Imran over the appointment of the new army chief and the elections.
Imran, however, refuted the proclamations of Shehbaz. But he did admit having backchannel talks with someother powers.
“I am speaking to those and have spoken with those with whom you would go to meet while hiding in the trunk of the car,” Imran claimed.
“What is the use of speaking with you? What [power] do you have that I would negotiate with you,” Imran said while taunting Shehbaz Sharif.
Your entire life is polishing big, big boots (powerful quarters).
“Why would I send you messages. I spoke with those who pull your strings,” he said.
Claiming that he built his party from the ground up and that unlike the incumbent rulers and others in the past, was not created in the nursery of any military dictator.
“I did not call Ayub Khan ‘daddy’ like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” he said, adding that he did not become a chief minister by begging dictator General Ziaul Haq.
“I came here on the back of the public,” he said, adding that he will accept the decision of the public (in general elections).
“The public does not accept this ‘imported government’,” he said.
Imran further said that apart from general elections, the only thing he wants is the rule of law.
In a message to the establishment, he said that when General Pervez Musharraf removed the two parties (the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party) who had previously been removed from power due to corruption, the people distributed sweets in the streets, he said, asking rhetorically why would people distribute sweets, stating that because the public was tired of their theft of public money.
However, he lamented how Musharraf then gave these two parties a national Reconciliation Order (NRO) to allow them back into the political mainstream.
He added that the public voted for him due to their combined hatred of these two parties.
Addressing the country’s establishment, he made some startling public statements said that they were the ones who lodged cases against the PML-N and PPP leaders and it was their Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which had ‘proved’ that Nawaz Sharif was corrupt.
It was in your tenure the public found out how corrupt former president Asif Ali Zardari was.
“But if now you have decided to side with these thieves, do not make the mistake thinking that we are sheeple,” he stated.
He added that we are people and we have the sense to differentiate between the good and the bad.
“If you will stand with these people, the public will no longer support you,” he proclaimed and pointed to the crowd to say, “you can already see on which side the public stands.”
He said that the entire public is standing here (this side) but you have gone and sided with the thieves.
“You held a press conference in their favor,” he claimed, adding that it is better he dies but not become a slave.
I want the military to become a strong institution which is necessary for the safety and security of the state.
He claimed that he stands with the military but his criticisms are only constructive for its development.
Later, he requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to establish rule of law and to bring those, who think they are above the law, to be brought under rule of law.
“No institution is above the law,” he said, adding that what happened with Shahbaz Gill and Azam Swati should never be repeated.
They were not criminals or murderers, they are ordinary people who just expressed their views.
Taking to Twitter, Asad Umar has said the third day of the party’s march for “haqeeqi azadi” will begin from Sheikhupura district’s Muridke.
While addressing the participants at Ferozwala, former prime minister and party chief Imran Khan took an oath from his supporters to always abide by the Constitution. “No one hands freedom on a plate. You have to struggle for it,” he told the march’s participants.
Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has rubbished rumours of a ‘meeting’ in Lahore amid party’s long march towards Islamabad.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, the former premier wrote: “For all those spreading rumours about my [meeting] in Lahore, the reason we returned was that Lahore was closer [and] we had already decided not to move at night”.
“The only demand I have had for 6 [months] is the date for early fair and free elections. That will be the only demand if talks are to be held,” Imran Khan wrote.