PTI workers receive ‘self-defense training’ ahead of Imran Khan’s mega-rally in Islamabad

Ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s mega-rally in Islamabad, a video of his party members undergoing self-defense training has gone viral. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MP Faheem Khan and MPA Raja Azhar said they were preparing a “special self-defense team” for the security of the rally on Sunday.

Reports say they were being formed as the PTI rally is likely to come across a joint opposition rally led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Chairman Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman who deployed the force of volunteers in “Ansarul Islam” uniforms to protect themselves. Ansarul Islam is the same force that stormed into Pakistan’s parliamentary box earlier this month.

MPA Raja Azhar said the PTI forces are unarmed but they are a technical team that can be activated for self-defense during the public meeting in Islamabad. We will respond if we are attacked with sticks by any of the opposition parties, Raja Azhar said, according to ARY information.

“We are not the ones who made the politics of arms. We are the ones who serve the nation through [clean] political and give a technical defeat to our opponents,” he said in the video shared on Twitter.

Earlier, in another viral video, Azhar was seen practicing martial arts ahead of the PTI public rally.

PTI power show ahead of non-confidence vote

A embattled Imran Khan, who faces being forced from power, called for supporters to be mobilized in the capital today, in a bid to show the strength of the PTI ahead of the opposition’s vote of no confidence.

With more than 100 lawmakers backing the no-confidence motion against Khan, the incumbent Pakistani prime minister is counting his days. With the ruling PTI party set to hold one in the capital, leading to potential clashes, Imran Khan has reportedly vowed to “fight until the last moment”.

Calling the opposition’s decision “dacoits”, PTI said in a tweet referencing Imran Khan: “I want my people to come to Parade Ground tomorrow, tomorrow we will show a sea of ​​people!”

Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) ‘Mehangai’ (Inflation) march from Karachi is said to have entered Punjab province. The thick march against Imran Khan was joined by other supporters in Iqbalabad on Friday, Pakistani newspaper Dunya News reported.

Image: PTI

Kristen T. Prall