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Imran seeks donations for march into Islamabad

Khan said the Islamabad sit-in would be ‘decisive showdown’ in PTI’s campaign to force Prime Miniser Nawaz Sharif to resign

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Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has sought cash donations by party workers for expenses that will be incurred during a forthcoming planned antigovernment march into Islamabad, which will be led by him.

In a video message he said each worker should contribute at least Rs100 (Dh3.5) towards the planned sit-in protest in Islamabad at the end of October.

Khan said the Islamabad sit-in would be “decisive showdown” in PTI’s campaign to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign or submit himself to accountability over the ruling family’s alleged offshore wealth.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held an anti-PTI rally on Sunday at Mardan in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Khan’s party runs the government.

Addressing the rally, provincial PML-N chief Amir Muqam lashed out at Khan, saying masses have rejected the “power hungry” cricketer-turned-politician and his “anti-progress” politics.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told the rally that the government will not let the PTI leader disrupt the government’s agenda of peace and development in the country.

Rashid said Khan would fail in his design to shut down Islamabad.

The information minister said contrary to PTI’s “agenda of destruction and shutting down cities” the PML-N believes in the politics of construction, and it will win the general elections in 2018 on the basis of its performance.

Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will benefit the most from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said these two provinces will serve as the front line in Pakistan’s trade with Afghanistan and the Central Asian states under CPEC.

A provincial assembly member, Jamshed Khan announced at the Mardan rally his decision to quit PTI and join the PML-N.