Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated on Friday that the “Jail Bharo Tehreek” (fill the jails campaign) would begin on February 22 to express opposition to the government’s alleged crackdown on his party’s members and supporters.
I’m telling my party to start getting ready for the movement’s launch on Wednesday,” he said in a televised address from his Lahore home in Zaman Park.
The former prime minister urged the country to overcome its fear and “destroy the idol of dread,” saying the movement would start in Lahore and then expand to all major cities.
He declared, “We will launch the movement from Lahore and then every other day launch it in all other major towns and we will fill all the jails.
He expressed his gratitude to his followers who had gathered in front of his Lahore home after news of his alleged detention started to spread.
In Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where provincial assemblies have already been dissolved, the former premier claimed the present administration was doing everything in its ability to delay elections.
“We disbanded the assembly with the Constitution in mind,” he declared. “After the 91st day, the caretaker administration will break Article six of the Constitution and become illegal.”