'Wait for my decision when we reach Islamabad' says Imran on Day 2 of long march

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan on Saturday said 'no one' could stop the long march to Islamabad as the party geared up on the second day to resume the march from Lahore's Shahdara area.

In a short interview with a private TV channel, the former premier said that the people would have to wait for him to reach Islamabad before he revealed his next decision.

Imran reiterated his demand for “immediate fair elections” adding that, “no one could prevent that”.

He also asserted that his party would remain within the bounds of the law and the Constitution during the march. “However, protesting is my right. The Constitution permits me to peacefully protest,” he said.

ایک نئے دن، ایک نئی امید کا سورج طلوع ہو چکا۔

ہم تھوڑی دیر میں شاہدرہ سے کامونکی کے سفر کا آغاز کریں گے#حقیقی_آزادی_لانگ_مارچ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 29, 2022

'People of K-P eager to participate'

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mushtaq Ghani has said that the people of the province are ready and eager to participate in the long march.

Ghani stated that people were contacting the PTI-led K-P government themselves in an effort to partake in the march and added that thousands would participate from K-P.

“The enthusiasm of the party workers is visible,” he said.

He further said that the statements of Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah reflected the 'cowardice of a corrupt mafia'. The remarks came after Sanaullah said that any untoward situation during the march will be dealt with iron hands as no one was above the law.

'March to reach Kamoke today'

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry announced that the march would continue to the Kamoke district in Gujranwala today.

“The love that people have shown Imran Khan highlights the political consciousness of the nation,” Fawad said through his official Twitter handle, adding that the PTI wanted to especially thank those women who came to the march with their children.

آج #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ کا دوسرا دن شاھدرہ سے شروع ہو گا اور کامو نکی میں اختتام پذیر ہو گا، لوگوں نے عمران خان پر جو محبت نچھاور کی ہے اس سے عوام کے سیاسی شعور کا اندازہ ہوتا ہے تحریک انصاف خصوصاً ان خواتین کا شکریہ ادا کرنا چاہتی ہے جو بچوں کے ساتھ مارچ میں آئیں
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 29, 2022

According to the former information minister, the PTI’s Haqeeqi Azadi movement includes those who wanted “to change the system for the next generation”. He maintained that the movement aimed to empower people and bring “decision-making out of closed rooms”.

اس تحریک میں وہ لوگ شامل ہیں جو اگلی نسل کیلئے نظام بدلنا چاہتے ہیں،اس تحریک کا مقصد عوام کو باآختیار بنانا ہے اور فیصلہ سازی کو بند کمروں سے نکالنا ہے۔ پاکستان کی مڈل کلاس دقیانوسی نظام کو بدلنے کیلئے باہر نکلی ہے اور عمران خان کی قیادت میں اس نظام کو بدلے گی #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 29, 2022

“Pakistan's middle class has come out to change the obsolete system and will change this system under the leadership of Imran Khan,” he said.

“This is the biggest freedom movement of the country,” the PTI's official Twitter handle cited the party chief.

یہ ملک کی سب سے بڑی آزادی کی تحریک ہے۔
چئیرمین عمران خان
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 29, 2022

In another tweet, the PTI leader said that “on the one hand, the government is satisfied that people are not coming out [to march], on the other hand, media organisations have been receiving threats that they should not cover the Haqeeqi Azadi March”.

ایک طرف حکومت کو اطمینان ہے کہ لوگ تو نکل نہیں رہے دوسرا صبح سے میڈیا اداروں کو دھمکیاں آ رہی ہیں کہ خبردار #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ کور کریں، اگر لوگ ہی نہیں تو گھبراہٹ کیسی ہر چینل کو دکھانے دیں لوگوں کو فیصلہ کرنے دیں، لیکن سچ یہ ہے حکومتی ایوان ابھی سے لڑکھڑا گئے ہیں گھبراہٹ طاری ہے
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 29, 2022

PTI kicks-off march

The march had set off from Lahore's Liberty Chowk after Friday prayers. Imran reached the starting point of the long march by a container along with other senior party leaders.

Addressing the supporters, the PTI chairman said that the only objective and demand of the long march was the free and fair elections in the country, which would guarantee true independence in Pakistan.

“The time has come for us to start the journey of real freedom of this country,” Imran said, stressing that he was embarking upon the most important journey in his political career spanning over 26 years.

“My march is not for politics, not for elections or personal interests, but only for the purpose that the nation should be truly free, the former prime minister said from atop the container.

“Our decisions should not be taken in Washington or in Britain, rather Pakistan’s decisions must be taken in Pakistan and for the [benefit of the] people of Pakistan,” he said.

The PTI chairman further said that he wanted to see Pakistan as a country where the people’s rights were protected and everyone was equal in the eyes of the law.

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