LAHORE – Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have begun gathering at Zaman Park, the home of party chairman Imran Khan in Lahore, to launch the “Jail Bharo” movement [court arrest drive] in order to push for an election and protest economic insecurity as well as an alleged crackdown on party leaders and workers.
In the meanwhile, PTI senior vice president Shah Mahmood Qureshi and general secretary Asad Umar have resolved to get arrested on the first day of the rally.
The ruling council of the PTI’s Central Punjab branch had a crucial meeting to finalise the plan for the movement, which would begin in the provincial capital and then spread to the rest of the nation. The march will begin in Peshawar on February 23, followed by Multan on February 25, Gujranwala on February 26, Sargodha on February 27, and Sahiwal on February 28. It will strike Faisalabad on March 1.
While messages from party officials are disseminated on a regular basis, the party’s social media accounts are busy motivating supporters for the push. Mr Khan had already asked supporters in a video message to flood jails and break the idols of fear.
This is the PTI’s newest plan, after a lengthy march and protests in numerous cities following Imran Khan’s resignation as prime minister in April in a no-confidence vote.
In the first phase, PTI central leaders Omar Sarfraz Cheema, Waleed Iqbal, and Murad Raas will surrender to authorities at the Charing Cross in Lahore at 2:00 p.m. A ceremony will be performed in Zaman Park before proceeding to Mall Road. If the government refuses to arrest them, PTI leaders and workers would launch a sit-in on Charing Cross Mall Road.