Families, women embellish Imran’s rally


Numerous families poured out on Sunday to attend the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan without showing any signs of fear of a large crowd. Families from all over the city, including posh areas such as Defence, Model Town and Gulberg, attended the biggest political gathering in the country since 1986.
A significant feature of the rally was the presence of women and children in large numbers, which reflected support for the party in Lahore’s households. The enthusiasm demonstrated by ladies was worth watching, as thousands of Imran Khan’s female fans struggled to get a closer glimpse of their leader. Khan, who has always been very popular with women, looked delighted by the deafening slogans being chanted in his support by his female supporters.
A massive presence of families in the gathering presented a festive atmosphere all around the venue. Along with women, a huge number of children were also present to witness the biggest political gathering of their lives. Children said they had enjoyed a lot during the rally, as they had never seen such a gathering before. A rally participant, Nasir, said that an amazing amalgamation of rich and poor was obvious in the event.
He said that students of elite universities as well as Rikshaw drivers had joined hands to express their support for Imran Khan, which was a positive sign for the nation’s unity. Participants also appreciated the special seating arrangement for women and families. They said they were also impressed by the show of respect by young boys towards women in such a huge gathering. A female supporter of the PTI expressed optimism that all of her university friends would vote for Imran Khan in the next elections.
She resented that thousands of girls who wanted to be part of the event had not been allowed by their families. She said the women were 52 percent of Pakistan’s population and could play a decisive role in politics.