LAHORE - PTI has decided to launch countrywide rallies on May 11 against the rigging practices made during the 2013 general elections. PTI Punjab president Ijaz Chaudhry told The Nation on Sunday that party Chairman Imran Khan in an informal meeting with party leadership had decided to launch countrywide rallies on May 11 against the rigging made during the 2013 general elections. He said party leadership took this decision after several cases of rigging had been established and PTI, exercising its democratic right, would come out on streets to build its case on the issue and for ensuring transparent conduct of the next polls as well as the local government elections. When asked whether the PTI would join Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) countrywide protest demonstrations on the same day to announce a course of action by Dr Tahirul Qadri for bringing a revolution, Ijaz said, “We will be meeting each other on May 11 as we both are on the streets of the country but PTI will maintain its separate identity on the day because it has its own plan.” An informal meeting of the PTI held at the residence of party Chairman Imran Khan, which was attended by senior party leaders including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Ijaz Chaudhry and others which made the decision to launch the drive against rigging on May 11. Meanwhile, PTI chief talking to the media after inaugurating a new block of a private university said, “We have been supporting the tribal area people in the past for a campaign and now we are declaring them terrorists and killing them.” He added: Peace cannot be restored without disarming militias and disassociating from the so-called war on terror of others. Imran claimed: A game of fire and blood is going on in the tribal areas. PTI chairman stressed the need for promoting the education for bringing peace in the country. Moreover, Awami Muslim League chief, Shaikh Rasheed met with PTI chairman at his residence to discuss the prevailing situation in the country. Both the leaders condemned the statements against the Pak Army by certain individuals and agreed that such statements should be slated countrywide.
Published in The Nation newspaper on 14-Apr-2014