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Sunday, 25 December 2011

PTI leaders addressing Karachi rally

Wasif Chudhary

KARACHI: The public meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has begun with its leaders addressing the tens and thousands of cheerful crowd carrying national and party flags near Mazar-e-Qauid.

Earlier, PTI Chief Imran Khan arrived at the venue of Karachi rally amid vociferous slogans and cheers of his fans and supporters.

The rally was started with the recitation of the Holy Quran while National anthem was played after the arrival of the party chief.

Tens of thousands of cheerful participants predominantly comprising the youth have gathered at the venue of the Jalsa to support Imran Khan who has promised to break the status quo and bring about 'change' in the country.

The number of participants is rising as the time for the final speech of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan closes in.

The atmosphere at the rally is highly charged as the participants carrying national and PTI flags are chanting slogans in favour of Imran Khan and Tehreek-e-Insaf. Many youths are also dancing to the beat of drums to celebrate the occasion.

Shah Memoood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Jagangir Tareen, Khursheed Kasuri and other PTI leaders are also present on the main stage along with the PTI Chief Imran Khan.

National anthem was played after the arrival of the party chief.

The main area has been divided into four sections - one section for women, another for families, the third for youths and the fourth for the general public.

A dedicated gate has been set up for the entry of media personnel, for whom a separate seating arrangement has also been made. The main stage has been divided into an upper part and a lower part. The upper stage has been arranged for the party's central leaders, who have come from across the country.

Four points in the city have been set up where the PTI's workforce will help direct traffic. These will be at Nishtar Park, Taekwando at old Numaish, the City District Government parking plaza and Kashmir Road.

35 shuttle services have been set up to pick and drop people to the venue. Aside from the security provided by the government, the party has arranged for some 1,500 security workers, who will be deployed in and around the rally venue.

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