Imran Khan dissatisfied with low level of popular engagement in Azadi March

PAKISTAN: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was disappointed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders' failure to mobilise enough demonstrators during the Azadi March in Islamabad. The  former chairman reportedly expected a huge number of people to join the lengthy march on their own, as they did when Imran Khan was removed by a no-confidence resolution.

Imran Khan's rage originates from the fact that, despite the fact that the PTI possesses 83 National Assembly seats and 158 provincial assembly seats in Punjab, voters only turned out in Lahore, and in small numbers, according to reports.  According to the PTI leaders, the former Prime Minister did not give them enough time to prepare for the march and coordinate transportation and logistics. They asked Khan to extend the date for a few days, but he declined, believing that the Shehbaz Sharif government would try to put an end to the march.

Furthermore, apart from supporters from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI lacks enough sympathisers elsewhere to endure police, tear gas, or excessive heat in order to reach the federal capital, resulting in minimal participation, the report said. Despite repeated attempts to persuade the former Prime Minister that arriving in Islamabad without a set date would be a far more effective strategy and that going on a march without proper planning was not a good idea, the report read.

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