PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday that his much-anticipated long march, the “Azadi March,” would arrive in Islamabad on May 25, and requested his supporters to meet him at 3 p.m. on the Srinagar Highway in the federal capital.
Khan made the remark after finishing a meeting of the PTI’s core committee during a news conference in Peshawar. Several party leaders surrounded the former prime minister, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Mahmood Khan.
Later, he informed his supporters on Twitter that he wanted the “entire country” to come to Islamabad, and that he would lead the long march from Peshawar.
During the news conference, Khan sought a new election date as well as the dissolution of the legislatures. He also issued a message to the country’s military, urging it to keep its “neutrality” vow.
He suggested that people from all areas of life, particularly women, should join his long march and that he would stay in Islamabad for as long as he is needed.
“We are willing to die for our nation, but we will never allow these criminals to control it,” he stated. “We need a date for new elections and the dissolution of the legislatures.”
The PTI, according to the former prime minister, has always been a peaceful party that has “never promoted violence or disruption.”
“This isn’t about politics; it’s about jihad (holy war). It would be unlawful for them [the government] to try to halt the long march, and we will take legal action if that occurs.”