Imran Khan cancels Nov. 2 dharna after Supreme Court orders, invites nation to celebrate at Parade Ground.
Following a Supreme Court decision to form a judicial commission to investigate the Panama Papers scandal and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s alleged link to offshore bank accounts, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday announced it had cancelled a planned “lock down” of the federal capital.
“I thank all my supporters for fighting to rid this country of corruption,” cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan announced outside his Bani Gala residence. “Now, go home and rest because you have to return to Islamabad again tomorrow.”
Instead of a dharna or protest, Khan said, the party would now mark Nov. 2 as a “day of gratitude” and would celebrate its victory at the Supreme Court. “I am so happy that the Supreme Court has decided that from Thursday it will begin probing Nawaz Sharif,” he said, surrounded by ecstatic supporters. “We will all gather at Parade Ground [in Islamabad]. Every one is invited. Women, children, families should come,” he added.
Earlier, PTI spokesman Naeemul Haq had claimed the party would go ahead with the Nov. 2 dharna, claiming the Panama Papers were a “small part” of the corruption plaguing the country.