Imran wants next army chief appointed on merit, says Umar at long march

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Haqeeqi Azadi March resumed from Lala Musa and Jhang today.

Party leader Musarrat Cheema in a tweet earlier today said Lala Musa was the last pit stop, adding that a second procession will march from Jhang, under the leadership of PTI Secretary General Asad Umar.

She said that besides the two main processions, caravans of party supporters were also heading towards the federal capital from across the country under the leadership of party's central figures.

"Everyone will reach Rawalpindi together, God willing," she added.

حقیقی آزادی مارچ کا گزشتہ روز لالہ موسی میں آخری پڑاؤ تھا جو کہ آج وہیں سے دوبارہ آغاز ہوگا.

اس کے علاوہ اسد عمر صاحب کی قیادت میں جھنگ میں بھی مارچ کیا جائے گا.

ملک کے مختلف علاقوں سے مرکزی لیڈرشپ کی قیادت میں قافلے نکل رہے ہیں اور انشاءاللہ سب ایک ساتھ راولپنڈی پہنچیں گے.
— Musarrat Cheema (@MusarratCheema) November 12, 2022

'Army chief appointment on merit'

During his speech in Jhang, Asad Umar stated that Imran Khan believes the next chief of army staff (COAS) should be appointed based on merit.

Further, he slammed the PML-N leaders “sitting in London, making decisions for Pakistan”. Referring to Nawaz Sharif, he said that the leaders were seeking advice from “a thief who fled the country”.

Responding to a question, Asad said that the PTI had not “started a war to come into power”, and highlighted the party’s successes including the victory by a great lead in the Punjab elections on July 15.

Speech by Secretary General PTI @Asad_Umar in Jhang today. #حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 12, 2022

The PTI leader had reached Jhang earlier today, where he received a warm welcome by a crowd of supporters.

Secretary General PTI @Asad_Umar reached Jhang, where he was welcomed by a huge crowd! #حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 12, 2022

He visited the shrine of Hazrat Sultan Bahu ahead of resuming the march for the day.

پاکستان تحریک انصاف کے جنرل سیکرٹری اسد عمر لانگ مارچ کیلئے جھنگ سلطان باہو پہنچ گئے ،
دربار شریف سلطان باہو پر حاضری دی- #حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 12, 2022

Addressing the participants in Jhang, Asad said that “Haqeeqi Azadi was not just Imran Khan’s war” but that the “people of the country are also an equal part of it". He urged the PTI supporters to stand by their party leader.

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Further, PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan said that Imran will address the marchers today via video link in Lala Musa, adding that "the sea of people will turn towards Islamabad under the leadership of Imran Khan" where a peaceful protest will take place.

کپتان آج انشاء اللہ #حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ کے شرکاء سے لالہ موسیٰ میں ویڈیو لنک پر خطاب کرینگے-عوام کا سمندر عمران خان کی قیادت میں اسلام آبادکا رخ کریگا-مارچ میں عوام بالخصوص فیملیز کی ریکارڈ شرکت -اسلام آباد میں عدالت کی مختص کردہ جگہ پرتاریخی اور پرامن احتجاج ہوگا- انشاء اللہ
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) November 12, 2022

'Imran soon to become PM again'

In a tweet, PTI Vice Chairperson Shah Mehmood Qureshi – leading the procession at Lala Musa – said he believed that not only will "our movement for 'real freedom' be successful, but Imran Khan will also soon become the country's prime minister again".

“Salute to the passion and spirit of the people of Gujarat," he tweeted, adding that the next stop will be Lala Musa.

گجرات کے عوام کے ولولے اور جذبے کو سلام۔ شہر شہر ایک ہی آواز ھے وزیرِاعظم عمران خان۔ میرا یقینِ محکم ھے کہ نہ صرف ہماری حقیقی آزادی کی تحریک کامیاب ہوگی بلکہ بہت جلد عمران خان ایک بار پھر وزیراعظم پاکستان ہونگے۔
اگلا پڑاؤ : لالہ موسیٰ۔

— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 12, 2022

The march

The PTI long march resumed on Thursday, a week after the assassination attempt on Imran Khan that had earlier brought the march to a halt. The march was split in two processions.

The first continued from Wazirabad, the site of the attack on Imran, and was led by PTI Vice Chairperson Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The second rally departed from Toba Tek Singh a day later, led by Asad Umar.

After his speech at Toba Tek Singh, Asad led the crowd to Gojra, where he was welcomed outside Hamza Usman's residence.

At a public gathering in Gojra, Asad said that "the march is now taking place throughout the country" and that Imran will "finally lead participants from all over the country from Rawalpindi to Islamabad".

In his speech, the PTI leader advised Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to be prepared to leave the government with all his allies rather than continuing to hold illusions of torturing marchers.

Asad said that the long march will force the country’s “imported” rulers to call for general elections, in which Imran will win with a "majority of more than two-thirds".

Other party leaders, including PTI leader Shahbaz Gill were present. After the speech, the marchers continued the procession from Toba Tek Singh to Kamalia via Rajana and Pirmahal.

PTI Vice Chairperson Shah Mehmood Qureshi led the rally from Wazirabad towards Gujrat where party chief Imran Khan addressed the participants of the long march via video-link.

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