Pakistan Reader# 427, 26 November 2022
On 26 November, Imran Khan is set to lead the PTI’s “Haqeeqi Azadi” march as it resumes from Rawalpindi. Prior to the march, he urged the public to reach the city for the “climax” of his protest movement. Further, he said that there is a “threat to his life” but he is coming to Rawalpindi for the nation despite the injury.
PTI’s caravan moves towards Rawalpindi
Meanwhile, the rest of the PTI’s caravans have begun moving towards Rawalpindi from several part of the country. A PTI leader said that the provincial minister for finance and minister for higher education will lead the rally from Peshawar, while other PTI workers from Peshawar, Khyber and Mohmand districts would assemble on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway. The rally from Nowshera will be led by PTI provincial president Pervez Khattak and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan will lead a rally from the Malakand division. Additionally, a big rally from southern districts will be led by another PTI leader.
Government invites Imran Khan for talks
Ahead of the march resuming, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah invited Imran Khan for talks with the government on deciding a date for an early election. He said, “Decisions change and deadlocks break when politicians hold talks,” adding that Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would not refuse if Imran Khan wished to hold talks. Further, he called on Imran Khan to return to the parliament as that was the only way for early elections to be held. He said, “We invite you to come to sit with PDM,” adding “Khan Sahib, give up on it [politics of dissent]. You have failed.”
Additionally, he once again cautioned Imran Khan on the possible threat posed to his life, urging him to postpone his protest rally in Rawalpindi due to a threat of attack by terrorist outfits. He said, “Intelligence agencies have issued a red alert about the rally and informed the government that any terrorist or terrorist group can take advantage of the situation.”
PTI issues a warning to the government
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid issued a warning to the government saying, “Imran Khan is our guest and Pindi is a loyal country. If there is any wrong committed against our guests, we will dig your political grave here today.” (Mansoor Malik, “Imran heads to Pindi today for ‘climax’ of long march,” Dawn, 26 November 2022; Iftikhar A. Khan, “Rana Sanaullah invites Imran for talks, warns PTI of ‘terror alert’,” Dawn, 26 November 2022; “PTI rallies to converge on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway for Pindi march,” Dawn, 26 November 2022)