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Pakistan heading for political turmoil as parties prepare for agitations

PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri  and PTI chief Imran Khan.
PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and PTI chief Imran Khan.

A year after election, Pakistan is again heading towards political turmoil as two major parties are preparing for agitations to bring “revolution”.

Islamabad, Aug 7/Nationalturk – Pakistan is heading towards political turmoil as two parties having mass base are preparing for agitations to bring “revolution” and “overthrow” the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz  Sharif.

Pakistan’s opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and religious and political party of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of cleric Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri have called for long marches to bring revolution and “overthrow” the elected government

Qadri has given call for observance of “Martyrs Day” on August 10 to remember the party workers killed in police action in country’s Punjab province early this year and pay homage to Pakistani soldiers killed during military operation in country’s North Waziristan Tribal Agency.

In response to his call, men and women have started camping in tents outside PAT chief’s residence in Lahore.

Police cracksdown on PAT

Police has launched a crackdown on PAT leaders and activists in some parts of Punjab in the run-up to the “Martyrs Day”, arresting some of them.

PAT has alleged that over 100 activists and workers of the party have been detained by the policemen so far.

Qadri has warned that if the government crackdown against his supporters continued, “Martyrs Day” on August 10 would be turned into ‘Revolution Day”.

“The country would become a battleground for revolution if I am arrested,” he said in response to a question.

Police has booked Qadri for ‘waging war’ against the State.

Imran’s ”Freedom March” on August 14

Imran Khan has called for long march named “Azadi (freedom) March” on August 14 to dislodge the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He has alleged that Sharif’s government came to power through massive poll rigging.

PTI leadership has closed door of negotiations with the government and the party has started mobilising its supporters for the march at Islamabad’s D-Chowk where it hopes to gather one million people on August 14.

Terming his ‘Azadi March’ a decisive phase in the country’s history, Imran said the event will pave the way for democracy and independence in their true sense and spirit.

He  has warned government that if it hindered the course of peaceful protest, it would trigger the sanguinary revolution. “The Freedom March on August 14 would not stop at any cost,” he has said.

In view of political uncertainty in the capital, Pakistan government has invoked Article-245 of the Constitution and deployed army in capital.

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