PESHAWAR, December 1: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Mr Imran Khan has announced to close big cities in the country on 16 December because he said the authorities had not started probe into alleged rigging in the 2013 elections.
Addressing the party’s rally last night, Mr Khan said his party would begin from Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, on 4 December.
He said his supporters would close Faisalabad city on 8 December and Karachi, which is considered a business hub of Pakistan, on 12th.
He said all these measures were part of the “Plan-C” of their protest, which they have launched since 14 August. He said that if the government did not start investigation of the poll rigging, his party would implement “Plan-D”.
“The government won’t be able to survive ‘Plan-D’,” he claimed.
He said almost all parties had alleged rigging in the 2013 elections, but that it was only the PTI that had taken to the streets for probe into the rigging allegations. However, he again invited the government to resume talks.
Mr Pervez Rashid, spokesman for the government, has said the government will hold talks with the PTI after 16 December. He deplored the announcement of Mr Khan to put Pakistan on a standstill. “Hopefully, the public will reject this call, just like they had rejected the call for civil disobedience from Imran,” he said.
Political analysts have cricitised the call of Mr Khan to paralyse the entire country on 16 December because the county had split on this day when East Pakistan became a separate country, Bangladesh, in 1971.