The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has started its rally from Liberty Chowk in Lahore to Nasir Bagh to mark International Labour Day. Led by former Prime Minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan, the rally is expected to reach MAO College through Ferozepur Road and end at Nasir Bagh via Lower Mall Road. The district administration has granted permission for the rally but has also warned the party that it will be held responsible for any damage to public property. The PTI has been barred from holding rallies in Islamabad and Peshawar by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). PTI President Fawad Chaudhry has criticized the ECP’s decision, calling it illegal and exhibiting partiality towards Imran Khan. The Islamabad police have called in 1,000 Frontier Corps personnel to the federal capital ahead of the PTI rally.
The rally, which began at Liberty Chowk, has drawn a large number of PTI workers and supporters. The district administration has allowed the rally to take place but has imposed several restrictions. For example, business centers will not be allowed to close or be damaged at any place, and workers will not be allowed to bring sticks or anything that could be used as a weapon. The district administration has also made it clear that no one will be hurt, and no one will be forced to participate in the rally. No wall chalking will be permitted.
Despite the restrictions, the PTI remains optimistic about the rally’s success. Imran Khan’s leadership and popularity have helped the party gain significant support in recent years, particularly among the working class. The rally is expected to draw thousands of supporters, all of whom are expected to march peacefully through the streets of Lahore.
The PTI’s rally is significant not only because of its connection to International Labour Day but also because it comes at a time of great political turmoil in Pakistan. The PTI has been a vocal opponent of the country’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and has accused the party of widespread corruption and election rigging. The PTI has also been critical of the ECP, which it claims has been biased against it. The party’s decision to hold a rally on Labour Day is a clear signal of its determination to fight for workers’ rights and to challenge the ruling party’s grip on power.
The PTI’s rally in Lahore on International Labour Day is an important event in Pakistan’s political landscape. The rally, which is expected to draw thousands of supporters, is being led by Imran Khan and is aimed at promoting workers’ rights and challenging the ruling party’s grip on power. While the party has been barred from holding rallies in Islamabad and Peshawar, it remains optimistic about the success of the Lahore rally. The district administration has granted permission for the rally but has imposed several restrictions to ensure that it is peaceful and that no public property is damaged. The PTI’s decision to hold the rally on Labour Day is a clear signal of its commitment to promoting workers’ rights and to challenging the ruling party’s grip on power.