Ex-PM Imran Khan has said the country headed for a new “freedom struggle” blasting his ouster as a “US-backed regime change”
Massive demonstrations rocked multiple Pakistani cities, including the country’s capital of Islamabad, on Sunday, with thousands taking to the streets to express their support to the deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was ousted by the country’s parliament in a successful no-confidence vote on Saturday. Khan denounced the vote, calling it a foreign-backed operation for regime change.
“Never have such crowds come out so spontaneously and in such numbers in our history, rejecting the imported govt led by crooks,”Khan stated on Twitter that he shared video footage of protests.
This is the first time such large numbers have ever gathered in history to reject corrupt government. pic.twitter.com/YWrvD1u8MM
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 10, 2022
The protests were spearheaded by Khan’s PTI party, which called upon its members and supporters to take to the streets across the country.
"We want #ImranKhan back"
Pakistan is not going to stop until there are fresh elections!
— PTI (@PTIofficial) April 10, 2022
Khan reiterated earlier on the day his claims against the US. Blaming Washington for Khan’s ouster and calling it a “chaos”, “regime change”operation with the goal of bringing “into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail.”
He also indicated that the country entered a new phase. “freedom struggle”With the Pakistani people protecting “sovereignty and democracy”Starting at a “foreign conspiracy of regime change.”
The politician had previously claimed that he was able to obtain a recording from Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington, which proved the claims. These allegations were strongly rejected by the US, who denied any involvement in the events in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a vote of no-confidence against Khan with 176 lawmakers out of 342 voting for the move to end his office term early. After seven members of its coalition party left and joined the opposition, the PTI party lost its majority in the parliamentary elections. Pakistan’s parliament is set to hold a vote to pick a new PM on Monday.