After all the efforts by the government had failed to prevent Imran Khan from the long march, this time the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tasked to pacify the PTI chief, who telephoned the latter and tried to convince him from leading the march.
Imran Khan stood firm on his decision and clearly refused the Interior Minister, saying that the independence march will take place on August 14, at all cost.
Meanwhile, PTI spokesperson, Shireen Mazari denied any such contact between the party chief and the Federal Interior Minister. She told there is no back-door channel existing between PTI and the Government of Pakistan, nor was any contact made since Eid ul Fitr to the date.
On the other hand, chief coordinator of the independence march, Saifullah said a telephonic contact between Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Imran is a routine matter.
“Both are good friends and such contacts between them are quite old”, said the coordinator.
Saifullah however, mentioned that all the arrangements have been made pertaining to August 15 march and it will take place anyway.