Islamabad (June 21, 2018): The disgruntled workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) continue to protest outside the Banigala residence of party Chairman Imran Khan.
Yesterday, Party seniors, including Dr Arif Alvi and Imran Ismail, both from Karachi, were not allowed to proceed towards the residence of Imran Khan and were stopped on the way; they had to return after they failed to persuade the party workers to let them go.
The workers from various parties of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been registering their protest over distribution of party tickets for the upcoming general election but many of them returned after some time while others stayed back.
Earlier on Monday, the PTI chief failed to appease the protestors despite his promise that he will review the distribution of party tickets.
While addressing the protestors, Khan stated that the parliamentary members of the party decided the names on the merit basis.He also remarked that he would not change his decision under any pressure.
While talking to the protestors earlier in the day the party chairman stated, “If I would change my decision because of you, more people will come here tomorrow.” I am not saying this because of me or my honesty,” he asserted, “I say this because I fear Allah.”
He urged the PTI protestors to file a review petition and promised that he would sit with party boards and review the party the decision in the next three days.
He assured that the names will be decided on the merit.
After Khan’s assurances, the party workers ended their protest and dispersed.Later on Monday, another group of PTI workers comprising 1,500 to 2,000 people staged a protest against the unfair distribution of party tickets.
They crossed the barriers and camped outside the main gate of Khan’s house.
Imran later came out to placate the angry workers and told them that he had been working for the past 12 hours to resolve the issue. Khan also advised them to file a review petition.
Citing how he expelled 20 MPAs from the party for selling votes during the Senate elections, the party chairman advised workers to trust him.
Protestors while trying to barge inside Khan’s residence, the police dispersed them which caused disturbance among the protestors.
The local administration has increased the number of police deployed for security and order in Banigala. Similarly, more private security guards have been called out.