Islamabad: Multiple convoys comprising workers and activists of the parties that form the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and their allies have left for the federal capital from various cities across the country.
The protesters will express their displeasure with the Supreme Court‘s decision to grant former Prime Minister Imran Khan bail in multiple cases against him.
The convoy from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is expected to leave for Islamabad from Lahore shortly, with the party’s information secretary, Faiza Malik, confirming that the convoy will leave the PPP’s Model Town Secretariat in Lahore at 3 pm today. The PPP will demonstrate its solidarity with the PDM outside the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Allama Rashid Mehmood Soomro of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is leading the convoy from Karachi, which is expected to enter Islamabad tomorrow morning after passing through various cities.
The JUI-F spokesperson has confirmed that convoys of party workers from Sindh are all set to depart for Islamabad to participate in the sit-in outside the Supreme Court. The central point for gathering has been fixed at Rohri Interchange, where the convoys from all over Sindh, including Karachi and Hyderabad, will gather and leave for Islamabad together.
Speaking to the media before departing, Allama Soomro claimed that 100,000 will participate in the sit-in from Sindh, and they were going to Islamabad on the orders of Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Soomro said they wanted the rule of law to prevail and added that the one who caused the economy to tank was free. He further claimed that they would have the most peaceful protest in the history of Pakistan, and all properties and the Supreme Court premises would remain safe.
On Saturday, the JUI-F announced to continue its planned protest sit-in outside the Supreme Court under the PDM until the resignation of the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
The party has started preparing for its protest, which it announced a day ago on Friday, following a spree of bails to former Prime Minister Imran Khan in multiple cases by the apex court. According to the spokesman, the convoys of JUI-F activists from Quetta and Karachi will depart tomorrow, while those from the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab will leave from their bases on Monday.