PTI announces November 2 as new date for Islamabad lockdown


The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf cahairman Imran Khan announced Monday (today) that the new date for its much talked about Islamabad sit-in is November 2.instead of the previously announced date of October 30.

“After lengthy deliberations it has now finally decided that we will move ahead with our plan to lock Islamabad down on November 2,” Imran told reporters after a party meeting in Islamabad. “We have changed the date as the Supreme Court Bar Association’s elections are scheduled on Oct 31.”

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Senior leaders of party met in the capital today to decide a new date for the party’s planned siege of Islamabad, which was earlier scheduled for October 30.

The PTI leader warned the prime minister that his party was fully prepared to counter any obstruction that the government might pose in way of the protesters. “We wrote to all opposition parties, asking them to join the protest; however, it seems none of them had an interest in joining the campaign against corruption.”

He also admitted that the people of the capital city may have to face inconvenience during the protest, but urged them to render “this sacrifice to be able to bring about a change”.

Earlier, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said: “Certainly, decision has been taken to change the earlier date of Oct 30, and the new one will be announced after the Monday’s meeting.”

The reason behind the change of the plan, Qureshi had explained, was primarily due to the annual election of the Supreme Court Bar Association scheduled to be held on Oct 31. He said the PTI leadership had been conveyed the concern of lawyers that the planned siege of the capital on Oct 30 could disturb their election.

“Of course, the concern expressed by the lawyers’ leadership makes sense, and we have decided to change the date,” Qureshi had said.

In reply to a question about the new date, he said: “I think it will be after the SCBA elections.” He said that since there had been a widespread criticism of the PTI’s decision to shut down Islamabad during the weekend, “there is a big chance that our new date will fall on a working day”.

PTI chairman Imran Khan had announced the plan to lay siege to Islamabad as part of the party’s accountability movement against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks.

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