Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Monday his party will shut the federal capital on November 2 instead of the previously announced date of October 30.
â€œAfter lengthy deliberations it has now finally decided that we will move ahead with our plan to lock Islamabad down on November 2,â€ Imran told reporters after a party meeting in Islamabad. â€œWe have changed the date as the Supreme Court Bar Associationâ€™s elections are scheduled on Oct 31.â€
Hitting out at the prime minister over his â€˜corruptionâ€™ and â€˜stolen moneyâ€™ as revealed in the Panama Papers, the PTI chairman invited people â€˜suppressed by corruptionâ€™ from across the country to take a stand and join the protest in Islamabad.
Imran on Sept 30â€™s â€˜Raiwind Marchâ€™ gave the prime minister time till Muharram to â€œeither present himself for accountability or allow state institutions to take action against himâ€, failing which the PTI will bring the federal capital to a standstillâ€.
â€œSix months have gone past but a â€˜criminalâ€™ continues to rule this country,â€ the cricketer-turned-politician claimed in a veiled reference to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He lamented there had been no serious investigations into the Panama Papers leaks.
The PTI leader warned the prime minister that his party was fully prepared to counter any obstruction that the government might pose in way of the protesters. â€œWe wrote to all opposition parties, asking them to join the protest; however, it seems none of them had an interest in joining the campaign against corruption.â€
He also admitted that the people of the capital city may have to face inconvenience during the protest, but urged them to render â€œthis sacrifice to be able to bring about a changeâ€.