Cricketer-turned-politician leader, Imran Khan Tuesday night made an announcement to this effect while making a round of PTI protestors’ camps at the venue of protest sit-in.
“We are about to set a new world record of staging the longest sit-in ever –at a stretch”, said Khan.
It is for the first time that Khan’s has taken a walk through the tents of party workers camped on Parade Avenue for the last nearly 40 days. He mingled with his workers with the familiarity of a comrade raving about their undefeated perseverance.
“Bear with me a little longer with the same discipline, organization, and dedication as you have shown so far, I promise, I will take you to our common goal. I also salute you for your so fearlessly facing the worst-ever state-ordered–terrorism against the peaceful protestors”, said Khan while standing among his followers on the ground.
Former cricket hero Khan along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and thousands of supporters are protesting in the capital seeking the resignation of Sharif over what they claim was massive rigging of the 2013 election.
The protest movement has lost momentum since August following clashes with police that left three dead. Speculation that the powerful army may step in to intervene, as it has in the past, reached fever pitch when protesters stormed state broadcaster PTV.
Since then, opposition parties inside parliament have backed Sharif, lowering political temperatures as negotiations with the protesters were restarted and attention shifted to the devastation wrought by monsoon floods.
Only a few hundred protesters, dressed in the green and red shawls and hats of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party are now permanently camped at the site while the two sides attempt to negotiate a settlement to the impasse.
By night however, their numbers swell to thousands as men, women and children dance to patriotic songs between the 61-year-old’s speeches in an atmosphere similar to a rock concert.–