They reached Okara Tuesday night
Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Azadi March entered its third day on Tuesday (October 29). The marchers accompanied by PPP leaders are marching towards Lahore. They will rally at Minar-e-Pakistan.
The party chief is leading the protest. He is travelling to Lahore in a Land Cruiser V8. Around 500 vehicles are reportedly accompanying Fazl as more people join the march from surrounding areas. The travel is slow due to the big crowd, our correspondent said.
As of 11:45pm, the marchers had reached Okara. Fazl was welcomed on the bypass by JUI-F, PPP and PML-N supporters. The road was also temporarily blocked because of the large crowd.
The caravans arrived from Sahiwal. Fazl gave a short speech from inside his car in Shaiwal. He was welcomed by thousands of supporters as they chanted slogans against Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI government.
“The Azadi March has become a symbol of Pakistan’s rejection of the fake government,” Fazl said. He said the march included participants from across the country, including Karachi and Balochistan.
“The rise in inflation is because of the incorrect policies of the government,” he said.
The march had earlier crossed the Chichawatni bypass, where Fazl was given a warm welcome by his supporters. Fazl had shifted to a car for the remaining travel to Lahore.
After Fazl shifted to a car, the march divided into two groups.
Before this, the group was in Khanewal. They were received by other workers at Daha Chowk and Mian Channu. They will travel to Okara, then Kasur before heading to Lahore.
In Lahore, the JUI-F has set its main camp at Thokar Niaz Baig to welcome the marchers. The traders have established camps at Multan Chungi and Yateem Khana. The PPP leaders will welcome the participants in Samanabad, while the PML-N at Chauburji. Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan has established its camp at Data Darbar, while Jamiat Ahle Hadith has set up a camp at Bhatti Chowk on Ravi Road.
According to the latest update on the route, the caravans will enter Islamabad after taking Murree Road and Faizabad. This was confirmed by JUI-F district spokesperson Hafiz Ziaullah Tuesday night. It is expected that the caravans will reach Rawalpindi by tomorrow after Lahore, he said.
A PML-N delegation, comprising Senator Rana Mahmoodul Hassan and Javed Hashmi, visited Fazl at his son’s house. Awami Raaj Party leader Jamshed Dasti has joined the marchers too.
We consider the Constitution as supreme, said a charged Fazl while taking the stage. “If you don’t follow the Constitution, then you are putting the country’s peace at risk.”
When Indian PM Narendra Modi was running his election campaign then Imran Khan had said that Modi will win the elections and then solve the Kashmir issue. “Has it been solved now? Imran Khan supported Modi’s election campaign,” he added.
PML-N’s Javed Latif said, while addressing the marchers, said that this is not only the march of Fazl but 220 million people. “If you want Kashmir’s freedom, then you must fight for your own freedom first,” he remarked. We will not back down till people are free, he said. “I am giving you Nawaz Sharif’s message. All PML-N workers are standing with you.”
“I know Imran Khan really well,” said Hashmi in his address. “I have served as PTI’s president. I know that Imran Khan doesn’t accept the Pakistani nation. Well, then we don’t accept such a leader,” he added.
The marchers, joined by people from Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh, gathered at the Fatima Jinnah Town Housing Scheme. Rehman addressed the participants at 12pm after which they left for Lahore.
After a night at the ‘tent city’ in Sukkur, party workers and supporters gathered for a large rally in the city. “This march will enter the corridors of power and sweep away all the trash,” said Fazl while addressing the march participants.