Imran Khan and his supporters are due to gather in Rawalpindi on Saturday after an attack on their rally this month left Khan injured.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Interior Minister asked the former prime minister Omran Khan A planned sit-in in Rawalpindi on Saturday was postponed, citing the threat of attacks.
“My advice to Imran Khan is to postpone the meeting because our intelligence agencies have informed us that any individual or armed group may try to exploit the situation and target the crowd,” Interior Minister Rana Sanalla told a news conference on Friday.
We have officially issued an advisory regarding the presence of a possible threat to the PTI pool tomorrow in accordance with the red alert issued by the security agencies. Imran Khan must postpone his plan as any anti-state element can seize this opportunity to spread chaos in the country.
– Rana Sanaullah Khan (@RanaSanaullahPK) November 25, 2022
Khan, the leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, is currently in Lahore, apparently recovering from an assassination attempt.
On November 3, he He was shot in the city of Wazirabad in the eastern province of Punjab, while leading a protest march in the capital to demand early elections. The term of the current National Assembly ends in October.
The march started on 28 October in Lahore but was halted after the attack. Since then, Khan has been addressing his supporters daily via video link. Last weekend, he asked them to gather in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
Currently PTI supporters from all over the country are driving towards Rawalpindi. Khan is also due to leave on Saturday for what is expected to be a major political rally.
Meanwhile, the Home Minister said he had ordered the government to ensure the security of the participants.
Khan was He was removed from the post of prime minister In April in a vote of no confidence in Parliament. Since then, he has led rallies across the country but refused to attend parliament, claiming that the government is made up of corrupt leaders.
“If you don’t come, you will be responsible for everything, including inflation, economic turmoil and political turmoil,” said Sanaullah, and asked Khan to consider returning to parliament. “Stop being stubborn and come do politics instead.”
PTI official Musarat Jamshed Cheema said morale is high in the party and a record turnout is expected in Rawalpindi.
“It will be the largest gathering in our history,” she told Al Jazeera from Lahore. This will be the first time that Imran Khan will appear in public after that [the] Attack on his life, we expect [a] A massive crowd as the people are so driven and excited about their leader.”
Cheema said PTI has a unique agenda, which is to hold early elections. “It is a peaceful struggle and nothing else,” she said, describing the gathering as “a soft revolution of sorts.”
She said Khan would reveal the party’s future plans.
“His speech will determine our next course of action. If we are asked to sit-in, we will,” Cheema added.