ISLAMABAD - As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is making claims to bring change in the country while showing its strength in Islamabad, it is unlikely that party chief Imran Khan could turn the protest rally into a sit-in for a long time as the endurance of the PTI workers looked low to stay in the capital for an extensive period of time.
Imran again and again is using the same mantra that Azadi March would prolong in Islamabad until the government accepts their demands, however, there are few chances that PTI workers would stay longer at the Kashmir Highway of the capital as they lack such practice. It emerged after conducting interviews of a number of PTI workers staying at Zero Point.
On the other hand, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw Chief Minister Pervez Khattak who reached Islamabad Thursday night along with his convoy of vehicles could not bring an impressive crowd in the capital.
Many of the participants of Pervez Khattak convoy are IDPs of North Wziristan who have been brought for the rally only on the offer of 24-hour meals and all are unaware about the motive of the rally and purpose of their stay here.
"I am an IDP of NWA and came along with the convoy of Pervez Khattak on the assurance of a local PTI leader that you will get the meals of 24 hours and could have a visit of the capital for the first time in life," Amir Zaman, a dejected participant of the rally said who was eager that Imran Khan should come earlier so that the rally could end.
As this scribe walked from Aabpara Chowk to the Zero Point to have comments of the participants of the rally, the endurance of many of PTI workers looked low to stay in Islamabad for a long time. "We have come from KP and are staying at the Zero Point for the last Thursday night. I stayed in the Rose & Yasmeen Garden while sleeping at a wooden bench," Akram Durrani said while talking to The Nation.
He said most of the people of his group are waiting anxiously for Imran to reach Islamabad earlier so that the rally could end as they could not stop in Islamabad for a long time in the open and without any clothes and other necessities of life. "We are exhausted," he concluded.
Though PTI has a provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and it was being expected that CM KP Pervez Khattak would successful to pull a big crowd from the province yet he had failed to do so.
Independent observers and eyewitnesses who saw Khattak's convoy entering Islamabad are of the view that Khattak could fetch around 7000 to 8000 people with him.
Khattak started his travel to Islamabad from his constituency, Nowshera, and joined the main convoy coming from Peshawar. The people from Bannu, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan and its adjoining districts have separately reached Islamabad.
A number of workers of PTI have also reached Islamabad from AJK to join the Azadi March. One of these workers showed his commitment to stay in the capital as long as Imran Khan desires so.
IMRAN RECEIVES WARM
WELCOME IN GUJJAR KHAN
Israr Ahmad from Rawalpindi adds: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Friday night turned out for a while from his white land cruiser upon reaching Gujjar Khan where thousands of workers were going crazy to have a glimpse of their beloved leader, showering mounds of rose petals, clapping and dancing on national songs and drum beats.
The cheering crowd surrounded Khan's vehicle and chanted slogans in his favour and against Mian Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and those who launched attack on Azadi March in Gujranwala.
Imran Khan came out and waved hands towards supporters and then left for Islamabad in his land cruiser clamping by many supporters. Two PTI diehard workers were sitting on the roof of vehicle and dancing and clapping. A long queue of vehicles participating in Azadi March could be witnessed on GT Road. Tight security arrangements were made to guard PTI chief and other marchers. Those who were sitting on the roofs of vehicles were also waving hands towards supporters gathered at various stops.
After staying some minutes in Gujar Khan, Azadi March Imran Khan preceded towards Islamabad in a separate vehicle.
A rally numbering 350 workers reached Faizabad under the leadership of PTI local leader Zia Kausar Malik along with Hand-push cart hawkers union Sardar Mansoor chanting slogans and waving party flags.