The Opposition parties in Pakistan did protest march against Imran Khan government, which has been accused of coming to power through rigged elections, will see the participation of a lakh people, according to a media reports.
The ”Azadi March” in Islamabad on October 31 will be led by right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman. All major Opposition parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Peoples Party of former president Asif Ali Zardari have announced their support.
Members of JUI-F’s core committee have been asked to bring at least 3,000 workers each from their respective cities to the capital for “Azadi March”, a JUI-F as per senior leader.
More than three dozen JUI-F Members of Parliament (provincial/national assembly/senate) have been assigned by the party’s top leadership to mobilise sizable crowds from their constituencies for the Azadi March in Islamabad.
Former Senator Hafiz Hamdullah said JUI-F has around 3.5 million registered workers, each of whom has contributed financially for the march.
According to earlier reports, the Pakistan government was considering calling in the Army in Islamabad to counter the protest march. However, the government and the Opposition on Saturday settled the terms and conditions for the protest.
At a press conference, the head of the government’s negotiation committee, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak reiterated Prime Minister Khan’s promise that the protesters will “see no obstacles” from the government as long as the protest is peaceful.