The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) long march will begin from Lahore’s Liberty Market led by chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan after Friday prayers.
The long march towards Islamabad was to begin at 11 am as announced by Imran a couple of days ago.
All arrangements have been finalised for the long march.
According to insiders, Imran is staying at his residence in Zaman Park amid strict security. He will leave for Liberty Chowk after Friday prayers with the senior leadership of the party.
Long march schedule
After starting from Liberty Chowk, the marchers will travel on Ferozepur Road to Chauburji to Bhati Gate.
The first destination of the PTI marchers will be Shahdara Interchange.
The PTI marchers will stay the Friday at Shahdara after Imran Khan’s speech.
On Saturday, the long march will be resumed to reach Gujranwala.
On Sunday, the participants of the long march will reach Gujrat where Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi and Moonis Elahi will welcome the marchers. The PTI marchers will stay at Sarai Alamgir between Gujrat and Jhelum.
In Sialkot, PTI leader Usman Dar will welcome the marchers. Imran Khan will stay at Usman Dar’s residence.
On Monday, PTI central leader Fawad Chaudhry will host the marchers in Jhelum.
On Tuesday, the Imran Khan-led march will stay in Rawat after passing through Gujar Khan. The PTI chief will address the marchers in Rawat.
On Wednesday, Imran Khan will finalise the strategy to make advancement to Islamabad. The convoys of PTI workers from South and North Punjab will join the marchers in Rawat.
The convoys will join the central rally from Sargodha, Chakwal, Mianwali, Bhakkar and Layyah. The PTI central leaders will decide on heading to the next destination in Faizabad.
A plan will be devised for leading the convoys from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to Islamabad.
PTI convoys from Karachi, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan and Multan will join the central rally at Shahdara Interchange on Saturday.
PTI workers will be made part of the central rally in order to give them rest.
The Imran Khan-led rally will take four to six days to reach the federal capital.
Interior ministry notification
Ahead of PTI’s long march towards Islamabad, the Interior Ministry has reiterated that no political party would be allowed to destablise state “through forceful measures.”
The interior ministry issued a notification to all the provincial, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) governments.
“It is imperative that the federal and provincial governments should act in unison and follow the constitutional provisions to maintain law and order in the country,” the ministry said in the notification.
“The importance of adhering to the Constitution and laws of the land by all relevant including the federal/provincial/special area governments can hardly be over-emphasised as it is an obligation for all governments under the constitutional and legal framework of the country,” the letter stated.
‘March not to topple govt’
Earlier on Thursday, Imran Khan said that the PTI’s long march is not to topple any government.
In a video statement, the former PM said that the “real freedom march is starting from Liberty Chowk on Friday at 11 o’clock,” adding that this long march is not for any personal interest, and not to topple anyone’s government.
“PTI’s march is for true freedom after the freedom gained from the British because we want a country in which decisions are made by Pakistanis, not by foreign puppets,” he added.
Imran vowed that the PTI would continue to fight for real freedom until the doors of foreign conspiracies to get power are blocked.
Earlier, addressing the PTI social media team in Lahore, the former PM while exposing west hypocriscy on the Kashmir issue said that no one can speak against Israel in America because it is against their national interest, adding that millions of Kashmiris have been martyred, but west countries are unable to speak out on this issue.
“Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq hatched a foreign conspiracy to topple my government and through social media, showed every citizen what they did with the PTI government,” Imran said.