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Fans will reach Pindi on the 25th: PTI’s best minds strategize ahead of ‘Long March’ – Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the PTI demanded immediate new elections to avoid a default.

Qureshi said “the country is in an economic mess and the current government has no roadmap to get the country out of the crisis.” He expressed these views while briefing the media on the party meeting held on Monday. He was joined by PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry and General Secretary Asad Umar.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting to discuss many issues including the party’s long march on November 26, the economic challenges facing Pakistan and the political situation in the country. Senior PTI brass were present at the meeting including former Federal Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, Farrukh Habib, Dr. Shireen Mazari, Asad Qaiser, Ali Zaidi, Zulfi Bukhari, Pervez Khattak, Ali Amin Gandapur, Murad Saeed, Aamir Kayani, Babar Awan, Shafqat Mehmood, Ejaz Chaudhry, Azam Swati, Shah Farman, Ali Awan, Shibli Faraz, Aslam Khan, Iftikhar Durrani and Colonel Asim (retired).

The PTI Vice President told the media that the meeting showed his concern over the deteriorating economic situation in the country, which was also highlighted by former Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen during his press conference. “The business community was very concerned about the current economic situation and faced enormous pressure of economic collapse,” he added.

“Thus, the meeting unanimously felt that if immediate new elections were not announced, we would be left with a default in the country. We are not looking for free and fair elections to gain power, but to get the country out of the current economic crisis. The coalition government lacks a line of action and a roadmap to address the pressing economic challenges facing Pakistan,” he said.

He further revealed that the meeting also decided that people from remote areas planning to join the peaceful protest of PTI during the long march should arrive in Rawalpindi on November 25 while people from surrounding areas should arrive at the scene before. 1:00 p.m. so that the event can take place in daylight. “For those coming from distant cities, special arrangements have been made to spend the night in Iqbal Park,” he added.

According to him, party leaders discussed PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s announcement to join the march in Rawalpindi on November 26; he will personally welcome all the PTI convoys (coming from various parts of Pakistan) that will converge in the twin city and later he will address them to unveil his next plan.

“During the meeting, PTI Secretary General Asad Umar briefed the President and other leaders on the situation on the ground in Rawalpindi, options for the historic gathering and arrangements for the mega event,” he said. he added. Asad Umar claimed that it was the declared position of the PTI that their long march would remain peaceful and within constitutional limits.

“We had kept our commitment because it was found that our march through Punjab was peaceful; we didn’t create any commotion or force people to close their shops while we made special efforts to keep traffic flowing by allowing one side of the road open to traffic. We organized the march taking into account popular complicity,” he added.

“Our march was attacked in Wazirabad; an assassination attempt was made on PTI Chairman Imran Khan and in the attack a party worker was killed and many injured. Despite this, our workers remained calm and continued the march,” he added.

He claimed that in their opinion as well as that of many legal experts, the FIR incident over Wazirabad recorded on the complaint of a police officer has no legal standing. “All senior leaders agree that they were unable to register the FIR on the grounds that three powerful people – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and a senior military officer military – were named in the complaint,” he added.

“We firmly believe that as long as these three people remain in their posts, we will never get justice,” he said. Meanwhile, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar has told the media that PTI supporters will congregate on Murree Road in Rawalpindi on November 26 for the resumption of the march.

“Pindi and Murree Road were chosen for people to congregate. It will be the largest gathering in the history of Pakistan,” he said, adding that arrangements will be made at Iqbal Park for participants arriving from other towns a night before the event.

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