Imran Khan’s party is all set to resume stalled long march today – Times of India


LAHORE: Imran Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party stands ready to resume Thursday’s stalled long march from Wazirabad in Punjab province, where a murder last week an attempt was made on the former prime minister.
The long march to Islamabad, which demanded new general elections, was suspended after the attack on Khan.
Khan, 70, suffered bullet injuries in the right leg when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others who were standing on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area, where he led the march on Nov. 3.
He underwent surgery for bullet injuries at Shaukat Khanum Hospital owned by his charitable organization.
Doctors advise him to rest for four to six weeks.
The former cricketer, now a politician and recovering from injuries, had announced that the long march would resume on Tuesday, but the party later changed the decision and moved it to Thursday.
He would join the long march in Rawalpindi when it arrives there in 10 to 14 days.
“PTI Vice-Chairman and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead the march from Wazirabad on Thursday at 2 p.m. (local time), PTI Punjab leader and health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid told PTI on Wednesday.
“The long march will resume with prayers for the dead and injured in the shooting. A sea of ​​people will reach Islamabad to urge the 13-party coalition government led by Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to announcing date for snap elections,” she said.
At a meeting chaired by Khan on Wednesday at his residence in Lahore, it was decided that the “Haqeeqi Azadi” march would move from the site to Rawalpindi after a public rally.
The federal government has not yet authorized PTI to hold its demonstration in Islamabad.
In a statement, Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said leaders from Faisalabad and other parts of the country would move in groups to Rawalpindi, while more convoys will reach the city in the third week of November, Geo TV reported. Meanwhile, a three-member investigation panel was set to be formed on Thursday, which will provide details of the local police investigation to the JIT, it added.
One person was killed and 11 others, including Khan, were injured in the attack during the long march.
Khan has alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Naseer were part of a plot to assassinate him in the same way that former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was assassinated in 2011 by a religious extremist.
Khan, who was ousted as prime minister in April this year after a vote of no confidence was passed in the National Assembly, wants new general elections in Pakistan.
However, the federal government led by Prime Minister Sharif is against holding elections now. The term of the current National Assembly ends in August 2023.
The political unrest in Pakistan stems from the economic crisis and the effects of devastating floods.

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