Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) much-awaited long march to Islamabad might finally be happening, as the party chief, Imran Khan, has indicated “it is taking place in the third week of the current month.”

The former prime minister held a meeting of district presidents and secretaries of his party’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab wings, wherein he issued strict instructions to officials for the upcoming march.

He directed them to ensure full participation of the people and advised them to consider “real freedom” as “jihad”. He told them that if they do not get “real freedom” now, they might never get it at all.

He asked his party workers about their plans and preparations.

“Tell me what your plan is for participating in the long march, what are your preparations?” the former premier asked.

“We have certainly held big rallies, but now even the grassroots leadership has to work hard,” he added. “Work hard on eight National Assembly and three Punjab Assembly seats on October 16.”

Imran said that succeeding in Punjab is necessary for “real freedom” and to save the provincial government.  He directed the provincial leadership to focus all its attention on the by-elections before the long march.

Following the former premier’s directives, the party officials assured him of their complete efforts.

The PTI chief said that when he gives the call, he wants them to make a strong entry into the field.

The meeting was also attended by PTI K-P President Pervez Khattak, Punjab President Yasmin Rashid, and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

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