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PTI cancels Parade Ground rally due to Laylat-ul-Qadr

PTI chief urges supporters to pray for release of incarcerated party founder and workers

By Web Desk
April 03, 2024
PTI workers at an election rally. — AFP/File
PTI workers at an election rally. — AFP/File

In respect of the upcoming blessed night, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday called off its "grand power show" to be held on Islamabad’s Parade Ground on April 6.

In a post on X, PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan said on Wednesday the decision had been taken in view of the Laylat-ul-Qadr — the blessed night that Muslims seek in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.

He also urged the supporters to pray for the release and safety of all incarcerated party workers and leaders including PTI founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi.

PTI cancels Parade Ground rally due to Laylat-ul-Qadr

Last month, the PTI had announced to stage a grand power show in Parade Ground to ensure the release of the party founder, who has been behind bars since August last year in different cases ranging from corruption to leaking state secrets.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had also directed authorities in the federal capital to grant permission to the to hold a public gathering in the federal capital.

“One’s right of assembly cannot be taken away,” IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq said on March 27 while hearing PTI’s petition seeking the court’s permission to hold a public rally in Islamabad.

The decision to call off the power show came two days after the PTI secured major relief from the court as the IHC suspended Khan and his spouse, Bushra Bibi sentences in the Toshakhana case.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq said on Monday that appeal against the conviction would be fixed for hearing after Eid holidays.

Accountability court’s Judge Muhammad Bashir had sentenced Khan and Bushra to 14 years in prison with rigorous punishment in the Toshakhana reference in January.

The judge had also disqualified the former prime minister for 10 years while handing over a fine of Rs1.57 billion — Rs787 million each — to the couple.