LONDON: The PTI staged a protest outside the Pakistan High Commission to send a loud and clear message that it would not accept the “minus one formula” – a reference to the party’s belief that attempts are underway to disqualify PTI Chairman Imran Khan from electoral politics.
The London protest was held in coordination with those held across Pakistan at the party’s central office call to coincide with Imran Khan’s speech at a large rally in Gujranwala where he announced a call for a new stir cycle if the “neutrals” didn’t. t take steps to hold early elections.
The London protest brought together newly elected PTI board members, including PTI London President Waqas Sagar, General Secretary Nabeel Qureshi, Senior Vice President Taqweem Ahsan and Youth Secretary Aurangzeb Khan, as well as the PTI UK President Imran Khalil, General- Secretary Rana Hamid Afzal and Women’s Secretary Nasreen Memon.
Sahibzada Jahangir, Farzana Mukhtar, Maheen Faisal, Shahid Destageer, Amir Khan and Adnan Shareef, Membership Coordinator and Co-Director of the Literary Society, also addressed those attending the event. The speakers said they had come together to show their support for Khan and send a clear message that the PTI leader should not be disqualified or eliminated by any other means as this would harm Pakistan’s democratic process.
They carried placards and banners showing their support for their leader and chanted slogans of “formula minus one Na Manz oor” outside the Pakistan High Commission for three hours. Waqas Sagar said Khan was a popular leader who always respected Pakistan’s judicial system. “His background shows that he has worked his whole life to uphold the rule of law. He worked for the independence of justice. He can’t even think of showing contempt for the judiciary,” Sagar said. Nabeel Qureshi said Pakistanis rejected the removal of the PTI President from power by an alleged US plot and supported him against injustice towards him. He said some elements had made a malicious “minus one” conspiracy against Khan but “such plans will be defeated”. Imran Khalil said that Pakistan was liberated in 1947 but the country never had real freedom. He said that the “Haqeezi Azadi” movement was now led by Khan and the whole nation was on his side. Sahibzada Jahangir has announced that hunger strikes and protests will take place across the UK if the party leader is disqualified in any of the cases against him. Farzana Mukhtar said Pakistan was in the worst crisis and the only way out was free and fair elections.