RAWALPINDI:(APS)August 13, 2017-Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Awami Muslim League (AML) shared a stage Sunday night at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, where a large number supporters turned up on the call of Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid for an “Azadi jalsa”.
PTI chief Imran Khan and AML head Sheikh Rashid could be seen on the stage along with other leaders, while the ground was filled to the capacity despite a downpour that lashed the city since the evening.
Khan, addressing the crowd at Liaquat Bagh after six years, praised Sheikh Rashid for “waging a jihad against corruption and political mafia for the last nine years.”
“For three years, Nawaz Sharif has been controlling all the institutions; this was the first time, that he wasn’t able to control the joint investigation team or the Supreme Court — that is why he [Nawaz] is calling it [his disqualification] a conspiracy,” thundered Khan. “This is not a conspiracy, this is naya Pakistan.”
Throwing his support behind the judiciary, Khan said that this “is the era of social media”, and women and the youth are more vigilant than before. “The nation will stand by the Supreme Court if needed.”
He alleged that only two types of people were supporting Sharif; those whose interests were associated with him and those who were misled by him.
“Nawaz Sharif was expelled after a due judicial process, yet he says that the honour of [people’s] vote is at stake,” said Khan.
The PTI chief criticised the proposal to eliminate Articles 62 and 63 from the Constitution, warning of massive agitation in Islamabad if a “conspiracy” was hatched against the Constitution.
Calling the GT Road rally a “drama”, Khan said that it was undertaken to pressurise the Supreme Court and the National Accountability Bureau.
Khan proposed a four-point agenda to establish a new Pakistan. “Jihad against poverty, merit, accountability, and environment-friendly measures will provide the basis for a new Pakistan,” he said as he concluded his speech.