The Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) leader, Dr. Tahirul Qadri, announced the end of his 67-day sit-in at Islamabad yesterday.
According to Dr. Qadri, the protest is not over, and will now take to different cities across the country. He also congratulated his followers and termed their sit-in a success, saying that it had played its role.
“This sit-in has achieved its purpose, it has awakened the nation and played its role in the path of revolution,” said Dr. Qadri.
Following this announcement, PAT workers and participants of the sit-in could be seen teary as they bid farewell to the friends they had made during the past two months.
Dr. Qadri asked his followers to pack up and return to their homes victorious. He also refuted rumours that he had struck a deal with the government or that his protest was funded by the establishment.
The PAT leader also gave a schedule for the next state of protests, starting October 23, at Abbottabad before Muharram, and then continuing again from November 23 and going up to December 25 in various cities including, Bhakkar, Sargodha, Sialkot and Karachi.
Imran Khan on the other hand, has decided to continue his protest in the federal capital until the Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif resigns.