Tens of thousands of religious party supporters along with the leaders of the main opposition parties attended a series of protests across Pakistan to demand Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign in two days.
According to the local media, security forces blocked the main entrance to the city with a container of ships, but failed to prevent the marchers from going to the capital city of Islamabad.
The opposition march named the ‘Azadi march‘ (freedom parade), led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), the most powerful religious political party in Pakistan.
“220 million Pakistanis are screaming with inflation and unemployment” – Shahbaz Sharif
“It’s time we should get rid of the government. After a year of ruling, 220 million Pakistanis are screaming with inflation and unemployment, now it is the time for Imran Khan to scream”, Shehbaz Sharif, currently the head of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), told protesters.
The protest was the first challenge to the incumbent Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf government, when the public was angry with the country’s economic and inflationary turmoil.
“We are protesting to urge the weak government to step down, our people are getting unemployed and factories shut down their operations”, a protester Abu Saeed Khan of Peshawar said.
Protest was the first challenge to the incumbent Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf government
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized Fazlur Rehman in a televised speech in the city of Gilgit, vowing to accuse the cleric of corruption.
“Those who make money in the name of Islam will be exposed. I promise God, I will bring them all to prison for betraying the country”, he said.