The much-awaited PTI long march officially began on Friday and is currently in full swing. The long march kicked off from Lahore’s liberty chowk and incredible scenes were witnessed.
Thousands of people came out in support of PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan to participate in the long march. Videos from the long march are going viral on social media, showing the streets of Lahore jam-packed with PTI supporters.
The huge power show at Lahore is interesting as Lahore is the provincial capital of Punjab and was once the heartland of PML-N politics. Now it seems that the people have given up on PML-N.
It is yet to be seen how the other cities in Punjab respond to the PTI long march, however, if it is anything like the rallies held by Imran Khan in the recent past, then it will be certain that former Prime Minister Imran Khan may have won over PML-N supporters as well.
کبھی یہ شہر ن لیگ کا گڑھ کہلاتا تھا۔ پھر مریم نواز سیاست میں آئیں اور یہ آج کے مناظر ہیں۔ pic.twitter.com/hL3vWFpcfV
— Imran Khan (@ImranRiazKhan) October 28, 2022
Nation at wit’s end
Even though PML-N is in the government, the nation has been left disappointed with its performance. Inflation continues to reach new heights. The consumer price in Pakistan rose to nearly 25% in July – the highest surge since October 2008 – as people suffered from the double-edged sword of food and energy prices with transport inflation peaking at a record 65%.
Moreover, the government has also come under fire for its strict measures against the media and has been accused of suppressing press freedom. Earlier, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) prohibited all news media channels from live coverage of the PTI long march.
In addition to this, several PML-N leaders who have had corruption charges leveled against them were recently acquitted. The nation also spoke against this and claimed that the law is only for the common man while the rich and powerful go scot-free.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 28, 2022
Needless to say that the nation is at its wit’s end and wants an immediate change of government. Hence it came out to PTI’s long march in a bid to pressurize the government to announce early elections.