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Final stage of PTI long march arrives

Senior PTI leader and former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the “final stage has arrived”. Imran Khan will call supporters to converge in Rawalpindi.

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The PTI long march is in its final stages as Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan will give the call for workers and supporters to reach Rawalpindi today.

Senior PTI leader and former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the “final stage has arrived” in anticipation of the day former prime minister Imran Khan will call supporters to converge in Rawalpindi.

He revealed that PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Asad Umar, who are leading separate convoys, will meet at Rawat today from where the marchers would move towards Rawalpindi, located at a distance of 23.8 kilometers when approached via Grant Trunk Road.

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The second phase of #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ will arrive from Rawat to enter Rawalpindi city. Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar supervised this wonderful campaign. Today, both convoys will meet at Rawat. The final phase has arrived, be ready. Imran Khan will call the people to reach Rawalpindi today,” Fawad Chaudhry said. 

Things are rather tense in Rawalpindi as it braces for the long march. Strict security measures have been put in place. Over 10,000 police personnel have been stationed. Sharpshooters will be deployed at the buildings on the route of the long march convoy, while the march will be monitored through CCTV and drone cameras.

It is expected that movement for residents is expected to be restricted due to the blockade of the main Murree Road and its arteries as the PTI’s long march has planned a massive gathering of its supporters from all over the country, especially from Punjab, KP, and AJK, apparently to force their entry into the federal capital.

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Moreover, the residents of Rawalpindi have started to panic buy as the political situation could increase inflation and shortage of food items in the city. Residents are in search of fruits and vegetables and open market shops in a bid to store necessary food items to avoid record inflation during unusual circumstances in the coming days.

Needless to say, the long march has been the target of much criticism, especially by the PML-N led federal government. Earlier, Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said PTI leadership needs calmness instead of a long march.