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Rana Sana Ullah: won’t allow 20 people in Islamabad if govt decides

Khan announced the march last month, urging people to participate in PTI's movement for freedom.

Interior Minister Rana Sana Ullah has said he wouldn’t let even 20 people enter Islamabad Azaadi March if he wanted.

In a statement on Thursday, the minister said Imran Khan could not even bring 20 thousand people to the capital in his Azaadi March, let alone 2 million people.

However, Sana Ullah said he could not take any action unilaterally. He can only follow the policy decided by the coalition government.

“If the government decided to stop the march, Khan cannot bring even 20 people to Islamabad,” he said.

Khan first announced the march while addressing a workers’ convention in Lahore on April 26, saying: “I want two million people to come to Islamabad when I give the call. I want all of you to go to the people and preach to them about our movement for true freedom.”

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In an article for The Washington Post, Prominent journalist Hamid Mir said, “It’s rumored that his [Khan’s] loyalists will try to surround Parliament and other public buildings to bring the functioning of the federal government — now under the control of a coalition led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif — to a standstill.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Faisal Vawda has repeatedly said a conspiracy is being hatched to assassinate Khan. On the other hand, Sheikh Rasheed has claimed he is being targeted for murder. Omar Sarfraz Cheema also asked the army to intervene in politics and help end Punjab crisis.

Khan blamed the US for backing the no-confidence motion through which he was ousted from power on April 10. In a video message last month, Khan said he believed that a sea of people will storm Islamabad and give a clear message to the people: “From now on, no one from abroad can impose a corrupt government on us. Pakistani people will decide Pakistan’s fate.”

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The former prime minister said the PTI’s Core Committee has decided to give the call as “60% of the people in the federal cabinet are on bail. The person who has become the prime minister is dubbed as the crime minister. His [family] has cases worth Rs40 billion pending in the FIA and NAB, there can’t be any bigger insult to this country,” Khan said.