Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leading protesters to the Pakistani capital for a sit-in demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Friday boarded a bullet-proof car after shots were fired at his caravan.
Intelligence reports said Khan and his caravan could come under attack again in Ghakkar Mandi, about 230 kilometers from Lahore, en route to Islamabad.
Khan and other important leaders of the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party were advised by police to board the bullet-proof car in the wake of the clashes and bullets being reportedly fired at his vehicle.
Taking the threat seriously, Khan boarded his white bullet-proof car along with his sister and some other members of the party.
“My caravan was attacked three times by the PML-N workers in Gujranwala city,” Khan told a news channel.
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He said his family members were present in the vehicle when it came under attack with bullets being fired on it.
“We are traveling along with our families and our workers and we will remain peaceful,” he said.
Khan said after his convoy reaches Islamabad, Prime Minister Sharif would have to quit.
“We will not leave Islamabad till the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, dissolution of election commission and formation of interim government to hold fresh elections,” he asserted.
He said by the time his caravan reaches Islamabad, the number of paticipants in his ‘Azadi March’ would have risen to one million.
Eight PTI workers have been reportedly wounded in clashes with PML-N activists with the opposition supporters claiming that they were fired upon and pelted with stones in Gujranwala city, some 80 kilometers from here.
Two opposition groups, led by cricketer-turned-politician Khan and Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri, plan to converge on Islamabad to press Sharif to call an early election little over a year after his landslide victory in the polls.
Pakistan Awami Tahreek chief Qadri said 600,000 people are part of his caravan.
“We will reach Islamabad today evening and after reaching there we will send the Nawaz government home. Government and business cannot go together. The time to end the Sharif’s government has come,” Qadri said.