ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday announced that the planned anti-government Azadi March demonstration in Islamabad has been postponed till tomorrow (Nov. 1) due to the tragic Tezgam train fire incident occurred in Rahim Yar Khan today.
Aurangzeb mentioned that the decision has been taken after consultation of all opposition parties which are participating in the massive protest.
Earlier, Azadi March caravan led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman was scheduled to reach Islamabad today where a massive public meeting was scheduled to be held at H-9 area in Sunday Bazaar Grounds.
The leadership of main opposition parties including JUI-F, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party (ANP) and others are expected to address massive crowd tomorrow.
As per sources, the section of Azadi March coming from Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) is anticipated to enter the capital from Rawat and use the Expressway, IJP Road and 9th Avenue to reach the venue.
The section of Azadi March coming from the Motorway will use the Kashmir Highway, and these roads will be closed when the rally nears. The Red Zone has been partially sealed and entry into this area has been restricted until the protest is concluded.
According to sources, the participants of Azadi March coming from Punjab will be diverted to Islamabad Expressway from T-Chowk, Rawat to Faizabad. From there they will head towards Peshawar More.
Meanwhile, the rallies from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be diverted to Kashmir Highway, while rallies from Murree and Azad Kashmir will reach Faizabad and then take 9th Avenue to reach the venue.
The long march of opposition parties including, JUI-F, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), PML-N, ANP and others started its journey from Karachi on Oct. 27 and the JUI-F has announced to decide the next course of action after entering Islamabad.
On the other hand, all the government and private schools, colleges and universities in Rawalpindi are closed today.