KARACHI–Imran Khan has reached Shahrah-e-Pakistan, the venue of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s rally ahead of the highly-anticipated NA-246 by-poll, where a large crowd of party supporters has gathered.
The PTI chief is expected to address charged supporters later today, and will most likely hit out at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, whose party is seen as the strongest player in the Azizabad by-election.
Earlier, preparations were finalised as PTI hosts its first major rally on Sunday since it started a voracious campaign for the coveted NA-246 seat in the upcoming by-election.
PTI expects a mega audience for the rally, which is being held at Karachi’s Shahrah-e-Pakistan. The decision to hold the rally at the famous Jinnah ground in Azizabad was earlier cancelled by PTI owing to “administrative issues”.
PTI chief Imran Khan, who visited Karachi few days earlier, had hinted that their public meeting could not be held in the Jinnah Ground as he felt it was not large enough to accommodate “hundreds of thousands of PTI supporters”.
The rally is expected to commence early in the evening, reportedly to avoid the daytime’s sweltering heat.
Shahrah-e-Pakistan — the road leading to Water Pump from Liaquatabad Number 10 — has been sealed for traffic by authorities who have placed shipping containers as effective blockades.
PTI workers and organisers are sparing no effort in ensuring their rally is a success. Special attention has been paid to the arrangement of some 30,000 chairs, which are to follow a certain scheme of design and colours.
As is customary for rallies held by PTI, high-quality sound systems and musical arrangements have all been taken care of by DJ Butt — PTI’s veteran music guru.
Many roads leading to the venue have been blocked as security personnel stand guard to prevent any mishap.
PTI Chief Imran Khan has expressed hope that today’s rally will be “splendid” and Karachiites will “enjoy” today’s gathering.
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