ISLAMABAD:(APS) Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has postponed its October 4 sit-in scheduled to be held at Islamabad’s D-Chowk, party’s central organising committee told media on Tuesday.
The announcement came after local administration on Wednesday reminded the PTI that gatherings and processions in the Red Zone are prohibited and further said that the party will now hold the rally in Lahore on October 9.
The party leadership said it will decide about holding the sit-in in the capital after October 11 by-polls.
PTI chairman Imran Khan announced back in August to hold a sit-in in front of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad if its members do not tender their resignations by October 4.
Imran Khan had maintained that there was no justification for the ECP members to hold their posts after 21 political parties had claimed that rigging took place during the 2013 elections.
The government and PTI had locked horns over venue for Oct 4 rally with the capital administration offering Parade Ground near Faizabad as the venue for the rally.
The rally will now be held on October 9 in Lahore.
The PTI chief confirmed the development in a press conference adding that the party will decide about holding the sit-in at D-Chowk after the by-polls in NA-122 scheduled for October 11.
I myself will give a protest call to PTI supporters after October 11,” said Khan.
PTI chief again took ECP to task saying that the body responsible for holding elections wants PTI to lose the by-polls adding that no official was punished despite proven rigging in May 2013 general elections in a number of constituencies.
Khan maintained that he fears PML-N will also run away from by-polls in NA-122 like it did in the NA-154 case adding that he will himself fly to Lahore to campaign for the by-polls.
About the NA-154 case, Khan reminded the media that the election tribunal declared the PML-N candidate ineligible to contest the elections and ordered re-elections but the “PML-N took stay order fearing imminent defeat”.