On Saturday, members of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) conducted protest demonstrations around the nation in support of their party chairman, Imran Khan, who is being targeted by the so-called minus-one formula, which aims to remove him from the political arena of the country.
After the Islamabad High Court (IHC) made the decision to indict PTI chief and former prime minister Khan in contempt of court proceedings for giving controversial remarks against a female judge of the lower judiciary in Islamabad, the party had announced that they would hold protests throughout the country in response to the decision.
PTI officials and party members came together at Islamabad’s F-9 park to demonstrate their support for the party chief and stage a protest. At the party’s power show in Gujranwala, the leadership of the PTI had made all the necessary preparations to broadcast the live speech of former Prime Minister Khan on giant screens in at least 36 cities throughout Pakistan. In order to demonstrate their support for Khan, the employees and supporters of the PTI came out in large numbers.
PTI Secretary General Asad Umar had released the list of 36 major protest sites earlier in the day. He had also urged PTI workers and supporters to take part in the rallies in large numbers in order to send “a loud and clear message that they would not accept minus-one formula” to the imported government. The major protest sites are spread out across the country.
In a statement that was distributed by the Central Media Department (CMD) of the PTI, Asad said that workers and supporters of the PTI will be gathering at the 36 locations listed above to show their support for their leader, Imran Khan. According to the information provided, the people congregated on Murree Road in Rawalpindi and Hashtnagri Chowk in Peshawar respectively.
Likewise, employees and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) conducted protest demonstrations in Swabi Chowk in Swabi, Mardan Press Club in Mardan, Shobra Chowk in Nowshera, and Khyber Chowk Bara in Khyber.
People also congregated at the Insaf House Bakshapur in Kandhkot, the Khairpur Press Club, the Sukkur Insaf House, the Hyderabad Press Club, and the Press Club at DC Chowk in Ghotki. All of these locations are in Pakistan.
In addition, fans of Imran Khan staged protest marches against the Tehreek-e-Insaf headquarters in Qamber Shahdad Kot and the Insaf Secretariat in Sheikhupura.
People also gathered in front of Gulshan-e-Johar in Karachi, the Press Club in Quetta, and Liberty Chowk in Lahore, as reported by PTI.
In addition, protest demonstrations were moved from Sanam cinema to the Press Club in Okara and from Deepalpur Insaf House to Madina Chowk. Both of these locations are in Okara.
Satellite Town in Chiniot, Laiba Chowk in Renala Khurd, Jogi Chowk in Sahiwal, Ghanta Ghar in Faisalabad, Khanewal Milad Mustafa Chowk, Sargodha Khayyam Chowk, Pakpattan Nagina Chowk, and Layyah were among the locations where people congregated.
In the meanwhile, protesters gathered to demonstrate their support for the PTI chairman in Multan, Bahawalnagar, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Rajanpur, and Rahim Yar Khan.
Separately, the secretary of information for the PTI, Farrukh Habib, issued a statement in which he claimed that the people of Pakistan were standing with PTI chairman Khan and that they would give an appropriate response to the “imported government for its nefarious and malicious conspiracy of minus-one against PTI chief.”
According to Farrukh, the true liberation struggle was gaining momentum with each passing day, as was clear from the enormous public participation in PTI public events around the nation. These gatherings were held by the PTI.
According to him, the administration was worried about Khan’s popularity, and as a result, they plotted against him in order to remove him from the political arena; nevertheless, the people of the nation did not accept the minus-one formula.
He said that the concern within the ranks of the rulers and their facilitators was clearly evident and that it was because they understood that masses of people who were suffering from inflation and poverty were siding with Khan and the PTI.
According to the secretary of information for the PTI, Khan does not believe in gaining power covertly or by devising any kind of plot, as he recognises that his true strength lies in the support of the people. He went on to say that the government was responsible for the nation’s current dire situation, and that as a result, the time had come to rid the country of its “imported overlords.”