Watch PTI Azadi March live streaming - The journey to Azadi has begun!
Hundreds of cars, trucks and buses are stuck in a massive traffic jam on Canal Road just outside Zaman Park since the march started an hour ago, our Lahore correspondent Aroosa Shaukat tells us.
Truck carrying members of PTI Punjab Women Wing has joined the march now and managed to leave the vicinity of Zaman Park.
Javed Hashmi has reached Lahore to attend the Azadi March and was welcomed by Imran Khan.
Lahore correspondent Rameez Khan reports that PAT workers are ready to leave for Islamabad and have started to board buses.
The journey for a free and fair Pakistan has begun! Azaadi and Azaadi March Mubarak
LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman’s year-long accusations against the government for rigging last year’s elections gained momentum this month, with Imran Khan calling for an ‘Azadi’ march on August 14 from Lahore to Islamabad.
On the other hand, Canada-based cleric Dr Tahirul Qadri returned to the country in June this year, promising to bring revolution against the Pakistan Muslim League government.
Political temperatures have risen drastically over the last few weeks, with the government urging the PTI to call off its protest rally and other political forces attempting to broker an understanding between the two.
On its part, the government also implemented Article 245 — thereby calling in the Pakistan Army for its support in securing Islamabad, where as Section 144 was also declared in the capital.
However, the PTI and PAT have remained adamant that the march will happen.
Get all the latest updates on the Azadi march and the Inqilab march here.
All previous stories relating to Qadri can be found here, and all previous stories related to the Azadi march can be found here.
Also, below is a Google map showing Imran’s route from his residence in Lahore to Islamabad.
Chairman's phone call to Pakistanis for the Azadi March:
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Mein Imran Khan boul raha hoon, Aap kaise hain?
aaj aapse Pakistan ke us marhalay par baat kar raha hoon jidhar Faisla
kun Jang honay wali hai, ke yeh kia aik Azad mulk banay ga, ya yeh
Badshahoun aur un ke bachon ki ghulami karay ga, kia yeh Quaid-e-Azam ka
Pakistan banay ga?
14th August ko aap sab Zaman Park (Lahore)
subah mere paas pohnchain, aur hum InshaAllah yahan se Azadi March
shuroo karain gey, aur mein aap ko Yaqeen dilata hoon ke Fatah aap ki
Azam mera hai , mein ne tou peeche hatna nahi hai , jo marzi
ho jaye , mein ne Islamabad pohnch kar Pakistan ko azaad karna hai.
Mein sirf aap se yeh chahta hoon ke aap apnay aur apnay bachon ke
Mustaqbil ki Jang larain , aur mere saath chalein.
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf