The rally has been dubbed a “Tsunami plus show” by party chairman Imran Khan, who will present a 10-point agenda during his address at around 9pm.
“Today, the Tsunami plus show at Minar-e-Pakistan will break records of all political rallies held in the country,” Imran said earlier.
He added that the party will present the agenda of ‘naya [new] Pakistan’ and make efforts to bring stability in the country.
Will make one Pakistan, not two: Fawad Chaudhry
Addressing the gathering, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said his party, once in power, would make a unified “one Pakistan, not two Pakistans”.
“We will make a Pakistan where thousands others like Maryam [Nawaz] can access [quality] healthcare like she is able to ensure for her [ailing] mother,” said Fawad.
The public has spoken: Sarwar
PTI leader Senator Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, during his address, congratulated the nation for ensuring a successful and historic congregation.
“The public has spoken: Lahore, Punjab and Pakistan belongs to PTI,” he said. “The public has spoken: Imran Khan is the next prime minister of Pakistan.”
“Today, we are laying the foundation of a new Pakistan. We want a Pakistan where everyone is equal before law,” he continued.
He added that in Imran Khan’s Pakistan, all the power would lie with the municipal institutions, and called on the public to ensure PTI’s success.
Imran Khan will restore country’s dignity: Mazari
PTI leader Shireen Mazari vowed that Imran Khan will restore Pakistan’s dignity and “avenge the harm Nawaz Sharif has inflicted on the country.”
“Indian occupying forces are killing innocent Kashmiris, and what did Nawaz Sharif do? [He threw parties] at Jati Umra, he let the blood of the innocent spill.”
Imran Khan will avenge it, she said.
I stand with Imran Khan because I want change: Sheikh Rasheed
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, addressing the congregation, said he has chosen to stand with Imran Khan and PTI because he wants change.
“I want change for the poor. There is no water, no electricity, no gas, no jobs, no governance. This Motorway and this Green Line, they have been built out of your pockets,” he lashed out at the ruling PML-N.
“These fraudsters, they are only honest till the next elections. I see an end to Nawaz [family] politics. In Pakistan, one thief goes, another thief comes.”
“I see Imran Khan as the most suitable, honest candidate. People make mistakes. But his conscience is clean. He is the image of Quaid’s vision for Pakistan,” Rasheed continued.
Saluting the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he said that Justice Saqib Nisar is waging jihad against the injustices and poverty.
He added that he could have continued to build his party, but he instead chose to support the PTI and Imran Khan.
Prior to this, the PTI had held a rally at Minar-e-Pakistan on October 30, 2011. Organisers have claimed that they will attract similar if not larger crowds this time around.
While talking to journalists in Lahore on Saturday, Imran said he would also speak about the party’s future policy at the rally.
He also spoke to local and foreign journalists about Pakistan’s foreign policy, saying it fell under the purview of civilian government. However, he said, it is necessary to discuss security matters with other institutions.
About Pakistan’s dialogue with India, Imran said talks could not be held as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s did not have a mindset for negotiations. Nevertheless, he had asked India [in the past] not to close doors for dialogue, the PTI chief added.
Regarding the tribal areas, Imran said the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was necessary but Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Achakzai were coming in its way.
New party songs
As a part of preparations for the rally, PTI has also released three party songs, one of which has been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan titled Dam Mast Qalandar.
The lyrics of the song have been penned by PTI leader Usman Dar.
The songs deal with the theme of ending corruption and iqama.