The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party plans to hold a motorcycle rally from Karachi’s Millenium Mall to the North Nazimabad Board Office area 21:00 April 25. The event is to commemorate the party’s founding day and denounce the recent collapse of the PTI government. Hundreds of people are likely to attend the rally, prompting security measures and localized disruptions. Additional unannounced demonstrations may occur in Karachi, mainly at political party offices, public squares, and major traffic intersections. Counter demonstrations cannot be ruled out.
Heightened security and localized traffic disruptions are certain along the rally route and any other protest sites. Typical security measures include increased security deployment and road closures. PTI supporters may clash with police and/or rival party members. Security personnel may use tear gas or water cannons to forcibly disperse disruptive crowds. Routes most likely to be impacted include Rashid Minhas, Sher Shah Suri, Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman, and Shahrah-e-Pakistan roads. Ground travel delays may affect transit to the Jinnah International Airport (KHI).
Avoid the rally and any related protests as a precaution. Avoid navigating roadblocks due to the risk of violence. Confirm business appointments, road status, and travel reservations in the affected area the evening of April 25, Plan for travel delays, including to KHI. If clashes break out, leave the area immediately and seek shelter at a safe non-government building. Monitor trusted local media for updates as organizers may change plans at short notice
The PTI chief and former prime minister Imran Khan will arrive in Karachi at 4 pm today for the public meeting. He will address the rally at around 10:00 am.
hAccording to NOC issued by the district administration, PTI will have to end the power show till 12:00 midnight while the use of weapons are prohibited in the public meeting.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan also took to Twitter on Friday to request party supporters to carry the Pakistan flag at its Karachi rally.
“My request to all those attending our jalsa in Karachi is to carry our Pakistan flag as this is now a fight for Pakistan’s sovereignty & haqeeqi (real) democracy, & against US-instigated regime change, supported by local Mir Jafars,” he tweeted.
lTraffic Police have also announced the substitute routes for PTI’s April 16 public rally.
Traffic coming through Shahrah-e-Quadeen will be diverted to Khalid Bin Waleed Road.
Motorists coming from University Road will be diverted onto Shaheed Millat Expressway.
Parking lots will be available at the Tai Karate Ground, China Ground on Kashmir Road, Excise Chowrangi (Jigar Muradabadi), Nishtar Park and Mazar-e-Quaid (VIP) Gate.