Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, did 50 push ups with his supporters on Monday to “warm up” ahead of the planned anti-government protests in Islamabad on November 2. Pakistan-based The Express Tribune reported that Imran did the push ups along with other party leaders including singer Salman Ahmad.
Nobody knows how successful Imran would be with this gimmicks against the Nawaz Sharif government. However, it is not the first time when Imran has done push-ups to prepare for the “decisive moment”. The report said that earlier this month, a PTI official had shared a video on their Facebook page showing Imran’s gym routine and captioned it: “Kaptaan’s lifetime of training for this very decisive moment, it’s been a long time coming ????! Be very afraid Nawaz Sharif. #SupportPTIforPakistan.”
Earlier on Monday, the Islamabad High Court barred the cricketer-turned-politician’s planned lockdown of the country’s capital this week and ordered it to hold a sit-in at the designated place. The Pakistani authorities have so far arrested at least 1,500 PTI activists in the crackdown. The Islamabad High Court heard a petition regarding threat by Imran-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) that it
would lockdown Islamabad on November 2 to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down for alleged corruption.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique ordered that the party can hold the protest at ‘Democracy Park and Speech Corner’ located
near Islamabad’s Parade Ground. “Protest is the fundamental right of every citizen under the law of Pakistan. However, nobody can be compelled, pressurised and restrained to do what is not permissible under the law,” he said.
(Inputs from agencies)