Former cricketer and husband of Jemima Goldsmith, Imran Khan, has dodged bullets and arrived in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, on Saturday (16 August) as the Azadi (Freedom) march rages on.
Moments after touching down in Islamabad, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman tweeted remorse over the deaths of supporters, who died after a van reportedly fell into a ditch early Saturday (16 August) morning.
Devastated at death of 10 of r workers in accident in Shakarparian chowk. May Allah give the families strength 2 bear the terrible loss
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 15, 2014
Khan triggered the 'Azadi March' fever in Pakistan on 27 June while addressing a rally in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. He is joined in protest by Canada-based Pakistani cleric and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief, Tahir-ul-Qadri, who is spearheading his own march against Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.
PAT Spokesman, Sheikh Zahid Fayaz, confirmed on social media that the PAT rally will be held on Khayaban-i-Suhrwardy in Islamabad, parallel to PTI's rally on Kashmir Highway. Both PAT and PTI rallies have been allowed to camp out at the Aabpara Chowk in Islamabad.
PAT revolution march peacefully enters Islamabad. We have remained true to our promise of being peaceful. #InqilabMarchWithDrQadri
— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (@TahirulQadri) August 15, 2014
Pakistan's Information Minister, Pervaiz Rasheed, has called both Khan and Qadri "irresponsible" and said on Express News: "Pakistan is not a banana republic, where a few thousand people would come and force the prime minister to resign."