Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s long march is expected to reach Islamabad today (Tuesday), as Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari continues to draw crowds for his ‘Awami March’.
Leaving Rawat, the long march will reach D-Chowk in Islamabad through Jinnah Avenue. An estimated 40,000 to 60,000 people are taking part in the march, according to PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar. The capital police and anti-riot units have been deployed to provide security in the area.
Bilawal had heralded the long march as the ‘beginning of the end’ of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration. Since leaving from Karachi on February 27, the long march was also expected to usher in a decision from the opposition regarding their no-confidence motion against the incumbent government.
Within hours of the long march’s arrival to Islamabad, the opposition submitted a no-trust motion against the prime minister. Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb announced the opposition had submitted the motion to the National Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier along the march, Bilawal had asked the premier to resign or dissolve the National Assembly and hold new general elections.
In recent weeks, both the opposition and the incumbent government have scrambled to recruit political allies to their respective camps. Feeling the heat, PM Imran delivered a fiery speech on Monday, directing the opposition, ““Are you ready for what I will do with you once your plans for a no-trust motion fail?”