The former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, gave the incumbent government a 6-day ultimatum on Thursday to announce elections or have the “entire nation” run over the capital.
In an impassioned speech, the ex-premier claimed he was giving the coalition government ample time to convene general elections in June. “It is my primary duty to unite the nation,” Khan said, adding that he was grateful that the entire country had united against the “imported government.”
The PTI supremo accused the government of coming into power to dismiss corruption cases against themselves. “You have not come to run the country.”
The PTI chief said his “peaceful protests” could not be legally hindered by the Sharif-led federal government. Imran stated that he would gather three million people in the federal capital for his cause.
On Wednesday, the former prime minister, along with other party leaders, had reached Islamabad after PTI workers and supporters made their way towards the federal capital, pushing containers and braving tear gas shelling.
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As Khan’s caravan made its way to D-Chowk after entering Islamabad, the government called in the Pakistan Army for the Red Zone’s security.
The decision was locked for the protection of important government buildings, including the Parliament House, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Presidency, Prime Minister’s Office, and others.
As Imran Khan’s long march ended, the scenario in the twin cities began to return to normal. PTI workers left Islamabad’s Blue Area in convoys, with the lack of transport causing problems for them.
The administration and police also began removing obstacles to re-open Murree Road and other significant highways.
According to reports, party workers damaged property in the Blue Area, burning telephone wires and setting fire to trees. The protest also resulted in pollution, and food waste was left scattered.