The party of former prime minister Imran Khan will start blocking Islamabad’s entrance and exit checkpoints starting on Monday night, local media said, citing an Imran Khan official.
The party is getting ready to resume its long anti-government march to the Pakistani capital on Tuesday.
Khan announced on Sunday that his protest march into the capital, which had been put on hold after he was shot in what was believed to be an assassination attempt, will resume on Tuesday.
Khan talked while seated in a wheelchair with his right leg raised and bandaged. He was hospitalized at the Shaukat Khanum hospital on Thursday after suffering gunshot wounds to his right leg. On Sunday night, the former premier was discharged from the hospital.
Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has said that the long march will resume from the same location in the city of Wazirabad where Khan was attacked last week.
“All of the caravans on the long march are expected to reach Rawalpindi in 11 to 14 days.” Once the march arrives at Rawalpindi at a certain point, it will be led by Imran Khan.
As per the statement by the interior minister, Rana Sanaullah, the government would permit and provide security for the PTI meeting in Islamabad at a location determined by the courts.
The Red Zone, however, which is home to formations like the Parliament and the Supreme Court, would not permit the protesters’ entry.
Before the incident on Thursday, Khan’s protest march, which began on October 28, had been peaceful. The incident has raised worries about rising political unrest in Pakistan, a country with a history of political assassinations and violence.
Khattak stated that Khan would stay in touch with his supporters around the nation via a media channel.