PTI all set for Karachi show today
KARACHI: Preparations are in their final stages as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) hosts its first major rally on Sunday since it started a voracious campaign for the coveted NA-246 seat in the upcoming bye-election.
PTI expects a mega audience for the rally, which is being held at Karachi's Shahrah-e-Pakistan. The decision to hold the rally at the famous Jinnah ground in Azizabad was earlier cancelled by PTI owing to "administrative issues".
PTI's contender for the NA-246 constituency Imran Ismail is optimistic today's rally will be "record-breaking" but did not appear too happy with the city administration with regards to their cooperation for the rally's arrangement.
Ismail complained that the venue, which was to be handed over to PTI workers at 12 midnight was not handed over until 4 in the morning.
He also complained that while 50,000 chairs had been ordered to seat the large audience, only 25,000 were provided to PTI.
The Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) announced prior to the PTI's rally that it will support PTI in the bye-election of April 23.
Making a mark through today's rally won't come easy for PTI for the bar was set high when Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) hosted thousands in a rally in the same neighbourhood just a day earlier.
MQM's rally had equal doses of theatrics and politics, with party chief Altaf Hussain making sure no audience member left the venue without being thoroughly entertained.
PTI chief Imran Khan, who visited Karachi few days earlier, had hinted that their public meeting could not be held in the Jinnah Ground as he felt it was not large enough to accommodate “hundreds of thousands of PTI supporters”.
The rally is expected to commence early in the evening, reportedly to avoid the daytime's sweltering heat.
Shahrah-e-Pakistan — the road leading to Water Pump from Liaquatabad Number 10 — has been sealed for traffic by authorities who have placed shipping containers as effective blockades.
PTI workers and organisers are sparing no effort in ensuring their rally is a success. Special attention has been paid to the arrangement of some 30,000 chairs, which are to follow a certain scheme of design and colours.
As is customary for rallies held by PTI, high-quality sound systems and musical arrangements have all been taken care of by DJ Butt — PTI's veteran music guru.
Many roads leading to the venue have been blocked as security personnel stand guard to prevent any mishap.
PTI Chief Imran Khan has expressed hope that today's rally will be "splendid" and Karachiites will "enjoy" today's gathering.
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Pakistan should be negotiator, not participant in Yemen conflict: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Friday that Pakistan should be playing the role of a key negotiator in peace talks rather than becoming a participant in the Yemen war, in a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter account.
Imran said Pakistan had suffered huge losses in the past due to its involvement in other wars.
He said Pakistan was facing a huge sectarian issue, adding that the country had already suffered enough in ten years.
Saudi Arabia had said on Thursday that five Muslim countries including Egypt and Pakistan want to participate in the Gulf-led military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, announced earlier a decision to “answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the (Shia) Houthi militia.“
The Kingdom and its allies launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters, who have tightened their grip in southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washington had said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
This was said by Nawaz while chairing a high-level meeting at the PM House to discuss recent developments in the Middle East and to examine Saudi Arabia's request to join the Gulf-led operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen, said a statement issued by PM House on Thursday.
Nawaz said Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security.
Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Office had said Pakistan was examining Saudi Arabia's request.
Sartaj Aziz confirmed that top Saudi officials had contacted the Pakistani leadership requesting it to join the Yemen operation. A decision has not yet been taken, Aziz said.
Party will not tolerate any internal matter or document being discussed or released to the media by
Chairman PTI, Imran Khan, today warned all PTI members including all office bearers, that the Party will not tolerate any internal matter or document being discussed or released to the media by anyone, no matter how senior a position he/she holds.
Khan expressed anger over the recent leakages of documents and statements relating to the Election Tribunal. He condemned the making public and sending to the media, of a confidential communication sent on his behalf by his Chief of Staff, to the Tribunal. He said it was unacceptable that internal proceedings relating to internal party matters are deliberately being made public to harm the Party. Similarly he took serious note of the show cause notice served to a senior party leader being made public. Subsequent revelations in the media of documents/letters to and from the Tribunal, accompanied by statements, were also noted by the Chairman who made clear that the Party would not tolerate such irresponsible and damaging behavior.
Khan made clear that as of today, any Party member including the leadership found leaking out or deliberately making public any internal matters/documents dealing with internal party affairs would be immediately suspended and proceeded against. Khan said PTI is a most democratic Party, but there has to be discipline and confidentiality about internal discussions and proceedings relating to Party matters. Accountability and scrutiny of Party members is an intrinsic part of the PTI, which has set up frameworks for such functions, but this does not mean internal proceedings and decisions can be the subject of an anarchic free-for-all for personal grandstanding and furthering of particularistic interests at the expense of the Party.
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Khan reiterated that there would be zero tolerance for such mala fide actions by individuals or groups with immediate effect.