Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan is currently addressing a power show of his party at Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala.

Towards the start of the speech, he addressed his party’s Insaf Student Federation (ISF) and the youth in general, and said he would need them both in the light of “things I am going to say ahead”.

“The thing I am preparing this nation for … I would need the youth of this nation a lot for Haqeeqi Azadi (actual freedom),” he said.

He said no nation can take progress and go up until it breaks the shackles of slavery, adding that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had freed the nation from the slavery of the Britishers but the nation was now plagued with a different type of slavery.

He reiterated his claim of him being removed from the prime minister’s office at the behest of foreign powers and through local players.

After video clips of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s speech alongside United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres — where he had assured that any foreign aid would be spent transparently for rehabilitation of flood victims — was played on the big screen, Imran claimed the UN chief knew that 60 per cent of the PM’s cabinet was fighting corruption cases.

He said the nation was also plagued by two other kinds of slavery: poverty and mental limitation. He said he had tried to break the former of the two by bringing up the underprivileged through Single National Curriculum.

Prior to his arrival at the venue, local PTI leadership took turns to address the gathering of party workers and supporters.

The rally will be the last one of the current phase of the PTI’s ‘Haqiqi Azadi Movement’ and the plan ahead is to be revealed tonight, as indicated by Imran himself in a tweet on Friday.

Ahead of Imran’s statement, PTI leader Asad Umar had urged the nation to take to the streets on Saturday evening in an expression of solidarity toward the PTI chairman. According to PTI’s twitter feed, its supporters have gathered in at least Islamabad and Karachi on the party’s call.

In a video message on Friday, Imran alleged that the “imported government and its handlers” were working on a “minus one formula”.

Ahead of the Gujranwala rally, the PTI’s official account tweeted its content with “#MinusOneNaManzoor”, indicating what the primary focus of Imran’s speech tonight could be.

Imran is the midst of a series legal wrangles. He was on Thursday indicted in a contempt of court case and now faces a trial. If found guilty, he could be disqualified from holding a public office, which will dash his plan to reclaim the prime minister’s seat.

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