PESHAWAR: PTI Peshawar wing on Monday announced its 50,000 workers are going to take part in ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad against the federal government.
The district president of PTI and MPA Yaseen Khalil, who were accompanied by MPAs Haji Fazil Ilahi and Arif Yousaf and PTI office-bearers from Peshawar’s four towns and 92 union councils and wards, announced during a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
The PTI district president said workers from all four towns of Peshawar had express the willingness to back their chairman, Imran Khan, during the procession on the Independence Day in Islamabad.
“We will end monarchy of Sharifs on Aug 14, democracy and monarchy will not go side by side, “he said.
He said made it clear that the protest is not meant to derail democracy but rather he emphasized on the point that the federal and Punjab governments were not elected democratically as the elections were rigged.
He declared that the ‘Azadi March’ will not damage democracy.
“Preparations are underway to ensure that workers participate in the ‘Azadi March’ on Aug 14 in large numbers. Caravans of workers and youths will leave for Islamabad from the Main Chowk near the motorway on Aug 14,” he said, adding that the party had scheduled to hold a meeting in the city on Aug 10.
He said that Chief Minister of KPK Pervez Khattak, PTI provincial president Azam Swati, and central leaders will address the convention. He also said that more than 3,000 Insaf Razakars (volunteers) would be there to guard the long-march participants.
The MPA also warned the government and made it clear that in case of any undemocratic or unethical step taken against the peaceful procession, it will result in potent combat against the ruling party.
“We will cross all hurdles erected by the government of Punjab to reach the D Chowk in Islamabad on August 14 as we don’t recognize the federal government, which came into being after the poll rigging,” he said.