As Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is bound to resume its “Haqeeqi Azadi march” the provincial Punjab government has deployed 1,542 security personnel along with officers in four districts of provinces to ensure that security arrangements are in place, as reported by the Dawn. PTI will be resuming the march which stalled during an assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The march will resume from Wazirabad in Punjab province to Islamabad in pretext of their demand to hold fresh elections.
Before the march, PTI tweeted, “Pakistan get ready!!! God willing, on Thursday, November 10, at 1:00 p.m., the Haqeeqi Azadi Long March will resume its journey from Wazirabad Allahwale Chowk,”
According to the directive issued by the additional inspector general of police (PHP) to divisional police chiefs, among the 1,542 PHP personnel, 500 shall be kept at Gujrat Police Lines as IGP Reserve as long as the long march is in the jurisdiction of Gujrat Region to tackle any emergency situation. Afterward, the force shall shift to Jhelum and Rawalpindi to assist the local police for the same. According to Dawn, out of 1,542 PHP personnel, 242 have been deployed in Gujarat, 500 in Jhelum, and 300 in Attock.
“PTI vice-chairman and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead the march from Wazirabad on Thursday at 2 pm (local time). The long march will resume with prayers for those killed and injured in the shooting. A sea of people will reach Islamabad to push the coalition government of 13 parties led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to announce the date for early elections” PTI Punjab leader and health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said.