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Imran Khan’s supporters congregate in Lahore’s Liberty Chowk for protest march towards Islamabad demanding early elections

Pakistan was tense on Friday as Imran Khan's party supporters assembled in Lahore in preparation for the former prime minister's protest march toward Islamabad to put pressure on the government to announce a date for early general elections.

By wasmulhaq 
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Lahore: Pakistan was tense on Friday as Imran Khan’s party supporters assembled in Lahore in preparation for the former prime minister’s protest march toward Islamabad to put pressure on the government to announce a date for early general elections.

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Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), most of them on bikes and carrying the party’s flags, gathered at the famous Liberty Chowk from where Khan would proceed towards the capital through the historic GT Road.

Khan, 70, is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on November 4 and has officially asked the government for permission to conduct a protest march for his party. His party has billed the protest as a “Haqiqi Azadi March,” or a demonstration for genuine national liberation.

The coalition government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has put in place extensive security measures to uphold peace while warning the PTI that any attempt to undermine law and order will be dealt  “strictly”, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in Islamabad.

He added that the Supreme Court’s directions regarding the demonstration were obvious and threatened that “severe action would be taken” if they seek t to disobey the law and create a law and order issue in the capital. “We will assist demonstrators if they follow the law,” he said.

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Asad Umar, the secretary general of the PTI, responded by assuring the media in Lahore that the protest will be peaceful from now on and all decisions will be taken by “people”. He said that the party decided to dedicate the march to slain journalist Arshad Sharif.

 

 

 

 

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