PTI calls off much-hyped April 6 Parade Ground power show

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Supporters of PTI hold party flags during a public gathering (jalsa) at Parade Ground, in Islamabad. — Online
Supporters of PTI hold party flags during a public gathering (jalsa) at Parade Ground, in Islamabad. — Online
  • Gohar urges  supporters to pray for release of Imran Khan.
  • PTI announced staging rally to demand release of party founder.
  • IHC had directed administration to allow party to hold gathering.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced cancelling its much-hyped public gathering scheduled 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 party workers and leaders including PTI founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi.

PTI calls off much-hyped April 6 Parade Ground power show

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.