FAISALABAD -  Majority of the PTI leaders and workers defied vigorous police crackdown and “other such odds” and managed to leave for Islamabad to attend the November 2, ‘dharna plus,’ PTI Deputy central information secretary Mian Farrukh Habib claimed.

Talking to The Nation on the phone from Bani Gala here on Friday, Farrukh Habib said that as per directives of PTI chairman Imran Khan, all local leaders and workers would reach Islamabad on November 2.

To a question, he said that he is currently with Imran Khan at Bani Gala from past three days. “The party workers, leaders and office-bearers have started reaching Islamabad for November 2, showdown from all cities of Punjab,” he disclosed. He claimed that on November 2, all the pickets, containers and hurdles placed by the police and administration would be swept away by the tsunami of PTI workers.

PTI local office bearers including Asad Muzam, Mumtaz Cheema, Rana Mubashir Ali Khan and others condemned the baton charge on workers and police raids at their houses. They declared that the directives, decisions and steps taken by the PML-N government have unveiled the real undemocratic culture and claims in the country. They termed PM Nawaz Sharif “security threat” for the country, adding that killers are working as law minister in Punjab under the umbrella of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

On the hand, the district police remained alert to tackle any protest by the PTI workers. The party workers and office bearers, however, preferred leave for Islamabad to make the November 2, a great success.

According source, dozens of workers have left for Islamabad while many other office bearers are on the way to Islamabad, adding that the workers would get together at a specified point where a meeting would be held for the announcement of the final strategy for November 2, protest.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that local PML-N lawmakers and office bearers have limited their political and social activities in view of the prevailing political scenario. Requesting not to be named, a ruling party member assembly said that following the government crackdown on PTI leaders, they do not want to face the public questions, which might lead clashes among political workers of both the parties in different areas. However, the district administration and police high-ups remained reluctant to talk about the government decision and directives regarding the crackdown on PTI workers in the run-up to the Nov 2, protest.

Sources confirmed that many directives have issued in this regard and provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah has asked the police high-ups to keep an eye on PTI leaders in Faisalabad. “The law minister has actually assured the Punjab CM regarding his control over events in Faisalabad, the second largest city of Punjab, that’s why Rana Sanaullah does not want “all good in the city,” the sources asserted.

Moreover, a large number of citizens, asking several question about the countrys’ political situation, made PTI protest talk of the town.