LAHORE – PTI Chief Imran Khan said on Sunday(Mrach-12) that his party needed no permission to stage an electoral campaign.
Speaking to private television, Imran Khan lashed out at the govt, saying, “The govt resorted to the tactics of delaying the elections”. The deposed premier took a jibe at PML-N senior vice president Maryam Nawaz, questioning, “Whether it will run as per the constitution or it will run at the will of Maryam Nawaz.”
He lashed out at the political opponents, claiming, “They have now resorted to the tactics of rigging the elections.”
PTI Chief Imran Khan lamented that Maryam Nawaz was getting protocol during the electoral campaign.
“The govt had made a plan to bring me to Balochistan after my arrest. We have our plan in case of my arrest,” added Imran Khan.
Speaking about the PML-N, Imran Khan claimed, “Maryam Nawaz is responsible for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s fall, not me.”
Earlier today, former PM Imran Khan announced to postpone till tomorrow the election rally earlier scheduled to be taken out from Zaman Park to Data Ganj Bakhsh Shrine on Sunday(March-12).
The announcement came after the interim Punjab govt refused to withdraw Section 144 imposed in the provincial capital.
“It seems again that Section 144 has been imposed illegally solely on the PTI election campaign as all other public activities are ongoing in Lahore,” Imran said in a series of tweets.
The former premier Imran Khan claimed that only Zaman Park had been surrounded by containers and a heavy police contingent.
It seems again Sec 144 has been imposed illegally solely on PTI election campaign as all other public activities are ongoing in Lahore. Only Zaman Park has been surrounded by containers & heavy police contingent. Clearly, like 8 March, Punjab CM & police want to provoke clashes
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 12, 2023
“Clearly, like March 8(Wednesday), Punjab Chief Minister & police want to provoke clashes to file more sham FIRs against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership & workers & use it as a pretext for postponing elections.
“The rally could be held either tomorrow or day after tomorrow,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Hammad Azhar said while addressing media in the provincial capital.
The decision comes after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf challenged the Section 144 imposed by the Punjab govt in Lahore in the ECP ahead of its election rally in the provincial capital.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Babar Awan filed the plea in the ECP on the instructions of party Chief.
The Punjab govt Saturday night again announced imposing Section 144 (banning of large gatherings) in Lahore to avoid any “untoward incidents”.