PTI Lahore rally: Organisers told to install bulletproof glass for Imran Khan

Imran Khan arrives to address a public gathering in Karachi on April 16. — Twitter/PTIOfficial
  • Lahore district administration advises Imran Khan against visiting the rally’s venue or use a bulletproof vehicle to travel.
  • Suggests shielding the place of address with a bulletproof glass screen.
  • PTI doesn’t alter its plan and announces the rally will start at 8pm.

LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who is all set to address his first rally in Lahore today (Thursday) after being ousted from the PM Office, has received two security alerts ahead of the event, The News reported.

The district administration has advised the former prime minister to use a bulletproof vehicle with a sunroof and windows shut to move to and from the venue of the rally, Minar-e-Pakistan.

The deputy commissioner has even advised the former prime minister not to visit Minar-e-Pakistan and address the public meeting over the phone, and if he does, the dais for his address must be shielded with a bulletproof glass screen.

However, the PTI did not alter its plan and announced that the rally will start at 8pm as scheduled.

The PTI has been asked to install a backup electricity generator to avoid any untoward incident in case of a power shutdown.

The district administration also advised the organisers of the public gathering to ensure that unidentified persons are not allowed entry to the venue.

This will be Imran Khan’s first public address in Lahore after his ouster. The PTI leader has pulled massive crowds in all of his recent rallies in Karachi and Peshawar and is confident of today’s rally to be an even bigger power show.

The PTI leadership claims that the public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan will be unprecedented and announce the departure of the incumbent government. 

The party had held successful power shows at Minar-e-Pakistan and the one held on October 30, 2011 became the turning point in its struggle after which this party emerged as a major political force in the country.

MNA Shafqat Mehmood on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Jalsa Committee to review arrangements for the public meeting. PTI leaders including MNA Hammad Azhar, MPAs Raja Yasir Humayyon, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Musarrat Jamshed, Saadia Sohail and former Punjab government spokesperson Hasaan Khawar visited the venue to review the arrangements.

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