ISLAMABAD - After remaining in a mode of confrontational politics for around two years, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has now changed its protest strategy and it is in no mood to give a new date for its protest against the members of ECP at the D-Chowk of the capital.

Chairman PTI Imran Khan at the start of this week had postponed the party’s rally of October 4 in Islamabad stating that he would soon announce a new date for the protest after October 11 by-elections of NA-122 in Lahore.

He said that PTI had the democratic right to hold a rally at D Chowk in the Red Zone of the capital.

However, background interviews with some key leaders of the party indicate that the party had changed its protest strategy for the time being and it wanted to avoid direct confrontation with the government.

"The top leadership of the party looks in no mood to give a fresh date of protest in Islamabad and a new mode of protest will be launched soon against the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan," a participant of important meeting of PTI, that had decided to postpone October 4 rally, told The Nation.

Under the new strategy, the Parliamentarians of PTI including members of the Senate and the National Assembly, will hold protest in front of the ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan) office once in a week when the both or any of the houses of the Parliament will be in session, he explained.

He further said that when any House of the Parliament will not be in session, the lawyers representing PTI would hold a protest demonstration once a week in front of the ECP office situated at the Constitution Avenue of the capital.

Another senior leader of PTI said that the party wanted to focus more on its organisation for better results in the Local Bodies polls and at the moment we cannot afford any confrontation.

This is the main reason that the October 4 rally had been postponed, as the government was not willing to permit PTI to hold the rally at D Chowk, he said.

However, PTI MNA Asad Umar said that the only reason behind the cancellation of the rally was the by-election of NA-122. The second reason to shift rally from Islamabad to Lahore was that PTI had major complaints against the member of ECP from Punjab.

He said that the party would consider giving a new date after October 11.

PTI had given a call of protest rally in Islamabad as a protest demanding resignations of the four members of the ECP for their alleged role in rigging of last general elections. However, it postponed stating that the party wanted to focus on the by-election in Lahore.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the other day welcomed the decision of the PTI to postpone the rally what he said that it showed political maturity.

PTI last year in August had entered the Red Zone without having permission of the Federal government and staged a sit-in for more than four months at the D Chowk in front of the Parliament.

The government is also planning to get away with the D Chowk after having last year's bitter experience of the protest sit-ins of PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). A recent meeting at the Ministry of Interior has decided to abolish the D Chowk and a memorial of martyrs in the war on terrorism would be built there.