In a significant development on Monday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri accepted Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) request to take part in their November 2 ‘lockdown’ of Islamabad.

Imran Khan, who spoke with Qadri via telephone, welcomed the PAT chief’s decision to join the anti-government march planned for November 2, DawnNews reported.

Awami Mulsim League chief Sheikh Raseed, who was tasked to convince Qadri over the matter, also confirmed the development, it added.

“I have categorically accepted Imran Khan’s invite to take part in the sit-in,” Qadri was quoted as saying by DawnNews. The workers of both the parties are fighting for the same cause, he added.

“I have informed Khurram Nawaz Gandapur about my decision, now the party representatives will meet and discuss the future plan of action,” said Qadri.

PTI has already asked all democratic forces to join the movement for strengthening democracy and getting rid of the current government.

Earlier in September, Qadri’s PAT had distanced itself from the PTI’s Raiwind march.

The PAT had announced to part ways from “the PTI’s Raiwind march as it might lead to siege of the private residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”.

At that time Qadri had supported the stance of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid which had opposed staging a sit-in outside the Jati Umra residence of the premier.