PESHAWAR, August 16: The long marches of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik have reached Islamabad last night.

Addressing the Azadi March of PTI, the party chief Mr Imran Khan said the would start their protest and sit-in 3pm today and that their protest would continue till the Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif, tenders resignation.

He asked the government why it was afraid of re-election if it claimed to have received more than 10 million votes in the previous general elections.

The PTI chief also claimed that his party would get more votes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if re-elections were held compared to the previous election.

The federal government has stated formation of a team for negotiations with PTI leadership and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Mr Sirajul Haq is also expected to be part of that team. Political analysts say that Imran Khan may soften his stance during talks and that he may abandon his demand for resignation of the prime minister.

Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri could not address his party activists last night due to being unwell.

The PTI has named its long march as Azadi March (Independence March), while the Qadri’s supporters have called their march Inqilab March (Revolution March).