The religious group Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) declared on Sunday, October 20, that opposition marches are expected to reach Islamabad and the division of Rawalpindi for a mass rally (Azadi March) on Thursday, October 31.
Protesters are expected to enter Rawalpindi from the Rawat and Attock bridges before marching on Murree road, where they plan to hold a sit-in. The initial plan is likely to evolve over the coming days.
A heightened security presence and associated traffic disruptions are expected along the march route and near all protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
The march is being held with the support of opposition parties such as the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N). In late September 2019, the PPP and JUI-F agreed to hold parallel rallies across Pakistan, calling for the ousting of the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government.
Individuals in Islamabad are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media, and anticipate transportation and business disruptions near protest sites and a heightened security presence.
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