After an overnight stay in Multan, the caravan of Azadi March led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman arrived in Lahore today (Tuesday) on the third day of the protest.
Thousands of people, including seminary students, are participating in the march.
The main opposition parties, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have finalised a plan to welcome Azadi March participants on their arrival in Lahore and set up welcome camps in various areas of the city.
On Sunday, the Azadi March officially began after an address by Maulana Fazl at Sohrab Goth, Karachi. The caravan proceeded to the Super Highway (M9) after smaller demonstrations departed from the city’s six districts and went towards Sukkur.
The participants of Azadi March from across the country will gather near Tarnol before entering Islamabad on October 31.
While speaking at Larkana on Monday, JUI-F Ameer Fazl said that they will not deter as the ‘war has begun’.
Fazl further said that they are fighting a political war and there exists a danger to the country’s constitution.
The purpose of the march is to strengthen democracy in the country, he said.
Negotiations between the Rahbar Committee of the opposition parties and the government were successful on Saturday as the JUI-F has agreed to hold the protest demonstration at the end of Azadi March at Peshawar Morr in Islamabad — steering clear of the Red Zone.