ISLAMABAD - Rescheduling his protest plan, PTI chairman Imran Khan yesterday warned the November 2 sit-in in the capital would be a do-or-die situation.

“We will go to any extent, this time. There will be neither a sit-in nor a rally after this protest,” he told reporters after a party meeting at his residence.

The PTI chief has been campaigning for an independent probe against the ruling Sharifs since April when Panama Papers leaks exposed their assets aboard. Following the Raiwind rally on September 30, Imran Khan threatened to besiege the capital on October 30.

“The demo will continue till PM Nawaz Sharif step down to present himself for accountability. Six months have gone past but a ‘criminal’ continues to rule this country,” Imran Khan said. He said the PTI protesters would start besieging the capital at 2’o clock, while the centre of focus would be Faisal Avenue – between Faizabad Chowk and Zero Point.

The reason for rescheduling the plan was due to the annual election of the Supreme Court Bar Association scheduled for October 31. A group of lawyers headed by senior PTI leader Hamid Khan is participating in the SCBA polls.

“The PTI changed the protest date because it would holiday on October 30. And secondly, the change in date is on the request of lawyers representing the PTI,” he said.

“Other political parties in particular and the masses in general must understand that the accountability movement is not for the removal of the prime minister or power grab by the PTI, but to bring the PM to the dock,” he said. He lamented there had been no serious investigations into the Panama Papers leaks.

The PTI leader warned that his party had braced for braving any barrier, the government might put in place, saying: “In democracy, peaceful protest becomes the right of people if they feel they are not getting justice.”

He also admitted that the people of the capital city will face inconvenience. However, he urged them to render “this sacrifice to be able to bring about a change”.

Imran Khan said: “Why are we holding this protest? Because a prime minister has been caught doing corruption. What do we want? A resignation or an investigation. Nawaz Sharif should be held accountable like the prime minister of Iceland who was also named in the Panama Papers.”

Imran Khan said all accountability institutions of the country are finding excuses to save Nawaz Sharif from holding him accountable.

Citing the remarks of Supreme Court on the Nation Accountability Bureau (NAB), he said the bureau was reluctant to arrest the people who committed corruption and money-laundering.

“We have seen the behaviour of Parliament and Election Commission of Pakistan over the issue,” he added.

“The rulers are playing with the democracy,” the PTI chief said citing the CJP’s remarks that there was monarchy in the country in the name of democracy.

“When we point out their corruption, they say that CPEC was being derailed or country’s development is being hampered. This is not the development of country but of Sharifs,” he said.

He also referred to Lahore High Court directives to stop the Sharif family from relocating five sugar mills from other parts of Punjab to the cotton growing areas of southern Punjab.

Imran Khan said it was wrong to say that PTI was taking a solo flight on this issue. He said that PTI tried its best to take other parties onboard but these are uninterested over corruption.

“We wrote to all opposition parties, asking them to join the protest; however, it seems none of them had an interest in joining the campaign against corruption. Asif Ali Zardari (PPP president) and Nawaz Sharif are on the same page,” he said.

Replying to the recent statement of information minister and about any government’s any move to arrest him, he said that he was ready for arrest and asked the government not to hurl ant threats.

About PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto’s long march call, he said the move would become ineffective as the PTI’s protest will be successful.

Two year ago, the PTI staged a 126-day sit-in in Islamabad against the rulers for rigging the 2013 general elections.