PESHAWAR, May 11: On the first anniversary of the general elections in the country, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) activists from various parts of the country are heading towards the federal capital Islamabad to protest against what the PTI leadership calls rigging in the May 2013 elections.
Reports in the Pakistani media say thousands of PTI workers from FATA region, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other areas of the country have left homes to participate in the protest at D Chowk in the federal capital.
The federal government has deployed more than 7,000 police and Frontier Constabulary personnel in Islamabad ahead of the rally. The routes leading to red zone have been blocked and each participant of the rally would have to traverse the walk-through gate, which is a scanner that can detect explosive material and weapons.
The PTI chairman, Mr Imran Khan, has asked the federal and Punjab governments not to stop PTI workers from participating in the protest rally. “Such a step may prove detrimental to democracy,” he warned.
The federal government and leaders of a number of political parties have condemned the rally by Imran Khan over allegations of rigging one year after the general elections in Pakistan. They say the campaign of Imran Khan may harm democracy in the country.