Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan stated that he had a meeting with the Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on his flight to London. Reportedly, the minister expressed concerns over the rally due to be held on the 24th April in F-9 Park. Imran said that he had a detailed discussion with Nisar regarding the rally and that was the only topic of conversation. He told Nisar that the party did not plan to enter the Red Zone and that the rally will only last for one day. The rally will be observed in celebration of 20 years of PTI.
Imran said that the party did not plan on another dharna [sit-in protest] that the call for dharna will be only be issued if justice fails to prevail via other means. Imran said that earlier PTI called for a sit-in protest because the elections were rigged and justice was not served for over a year. Speaking about the Panama Leaks, he demanded an independent commission under the Chief Justice of Pakistan which would be responsible to probe the leaks. Upon landing at the Heathrow Airport, he was talking to the media. He said,
We don’t want to hit the streets. These are international disclosures which have rocked the world. The whole world is taking action on what has been revealed in the Panama leaks, it’s not just about Pakistan but the whole world. I want an independent and impartial inquiry under the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The commission should have investigators included. I will be meeting in London at least three investigation companies which specialize in white collar crimes.
Imran claimed that his party would not sit idle in regards to the Panama Leaks while the entire world takes action against those mentioned in the document. As far as the rally is concerned, Nisar has been clear on his stance that no rally will be allowed to enter Islamabad however, it is uncertain as to how the masses will be contained. Imran claims that the rally is for celebration purposes and is hurting no one since it falls on a Sunday. However, the F-9 Park is surrounded by residential areas, and a day-long celebration will not only create massive disturbance to the residents in Islamabad, especially surrounding the area, but also disrupt the flow of traffic.
Residents of Islamabad, may or may not support a certain political party however, time and time again, they have expressed their woes over political rallies that disturb the daily routine – Food for thought for those attending and calling for rallies.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.