LAHORE –  PTI chief Imran Khan, in an effort to attract maximum public support for the next general election, is starting a mass-contact movement in the rural areas of Punjab from February 27, keeping in view the party’s weak links in the countryside.

PTI City president Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed addressing a press conference at the party’s office here on Friday told the media that Imran Khan would tour Sheikhupura areas on 27th to address a public meeting. It would be followed by a visit to Nankana Sahib on 28th, with a moot in the rural side of Sharaqpur.

Rasheed said the PTI chief would conduct as many as 60 public meetings during his three-day tour of the rural areas of Lahore region. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi and Mian Muhammad Azhar will also address some moots. Mehmood said the second phase of Khan’s rural mass contact campaign would start from March 7 and end in the first week of April.

He said that Khan would leave for Khyber Pukhtunkhawa’s campaign after completing his Punjab drive. It may be noted here that some areas of Sharaqpur fall under NA-118 from where Mian Azhar lost his last election. Meanwhile, Javed Hashmi talking to the media after the book launch of Mehmood Mirza titled “Social Change” demanded rights for the Baloch people for confidence building measures to solve the problem to bring peace in the volatile province.

He said that Nawab Akbar Bugti voted in favour of Pakistan but unwise rulers assassinated him resultantly igniting a flame of unrest in Balochistan. Hashmi said that Balochistan was not a problem for the few but it was a issue for the entire country and could not be solved without giving the Baloch people their due rights.