PAT distances itself from PTI’s long march towards Islamabad

The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), a former ally of ousted premier Imran Khan during the 2014 protest, said on Tuesday that it would not take part in Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) long march towards Islamabad on Wednesday.

PAT Spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui told a news outlet that the PTI has not yet contacted the party, however, he clarified that PAT would not join PTI during the current protest march, which might evolve in to a sit-in, even if asked to do so.

“The PAT is of the view that the PTI, in its three and a half years of government, did not take any step to bring justice to the family members of the Model Town tragedy whereas some government officials involved in the incident were given promotions. PAT still believes that holding elections without reforms would be meaningless,” the party spokesperson added.

He added that even in 2018, PAT had advised the PTI to conduct reforms before the elections. If Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution had been implemented then the PTI government would not have ended, he claimed.

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