Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Rawalpindi on Saturday to address a massive rally for the first time after the deadly attack on him. A team of doctors accompanies Khan. On November 3, there was a fatal attack on Khan and he was shot. Khan is scheduled to address his supporters in Rawalpindi. He has said that this demonstration of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) will be "completely peaceful" to demand new general elections.
Khan landed at the helipad of Barani University here, from where he proceeded toward the rally venue. According to the news of 'Dawn' newspaper, PTI leader Faisal Javed said that Khan has reached Rawalpindi. Khan supporters from all parts of the country are gathering in Rawalpindi for the "Hakiki Azadi March" where the stage has been set on the Sixth Road flyover between the historic Murree Road. Some enthusiastic supporters have been put up in makeshift tents at Allama Iqbal Park near the rally venue. These people have already reached the city.
Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi police have written to the top leadership of Khan's party, urging them to ensure implementation of the directive on the provision of 'VIP' security for the former prime minister. According to the letter, Khan was also advised to wear a 'bulletproof jacket' and not to step out of the vehicle on the way to the rally venue. Khan left his Zaman Park residence in Lahore at 1 pm in a bulletproof vehicle. The Rawalpindi administration has also issued a notification that the England cricket team will be arriving in Rawalpindi shortly, so the site should be vacated after the rally is over.
Khan (70) had said on Friday that despite being injured, he was determined to go to Rawalpindi for the sake of the country. He said in his message that he is fighting for the real freedom of the country and the struggle will continue till the announcement of new elections. He had said, “We are fighting for real freedom. The one-point agenda is the elections,” he told a separate channel, adding that if mid-term polls are not announced and the government sticks to its stand of holding general elections next October, the masses will forcefully oust the current rulers.
He said, "The real freedom movement will not end today (on November 26) but will continue till justice is done.". We want to become the country that Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal had dreamed of. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday, "If Imran Khan wants elections, he should behave like a leader and hold talks with political leaders." He warned that there was a threat to Khan's life. and appealed to them to postpone the rally. PTI general secretary Asad Umar has said that if anything happens to Khan, the government will be responsible for it.