Ousted Pakistan’s PM issues ultimatum — Analysis
Imran Khan threatened the government to march along with millions of others into the capital until elections in six days are held
Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan warned the country’s government on Thursday that he will march on the capital with millions of people in six days unless provincial assemblies are dissolved and new elections are held by that time.
Khan gave the ultimatum at a demonstration of thousands in Islamabad where he called on the authorities to take action. “imported government”To be taken down and insist that it is supported by foreign powers
A former cricket star-turned-politician, Khan served as Pakistan’s prime minister for over three and a half years before being ousted in a no-confidence vote by parliament last month. Khan insists his resignation was orchestrated in collaboration with the US and members of the current government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Shariff.
Khan has suggested that he received threats from US officials over his refusal to bow to Washington’s demands and support the sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
Khan, who was ousted by the government, has held rallies throughout the country calling for democracy. “all Pakistanis”To take the streets “send a message across Pakistan that the nation has rejected this imported government.”
Khan declared Wednesday that he will participate in a sit in demonstration at the centre of Islamabad with thousands of his supporters, until Khan’s demands are fulfilled. On Thursday, Khan said that he was leaving Islamabad and threatening to return to the capital after the police called the military in to defend the center of the city. “the whole nation”If no new elections are held, they will be in effect within six days.
He then accused the government of taking control over the nation. “towards anarchy”And trying to make a division between police and people.
“I had decided that I will sit here until the government dissolves assemblies and announces elections, but of what I have seen in the past 24 hours, they (government) are taking the nation towards anarchy,”Dawn news site quoted him saying the following:
Khan condemned the government for trying to silence and intimidate peaceful protesters by raiding their homes and arresting people who took part in his party’s march.
“Government has tried every method to crush our Azadi March, they used teargas on peaceful protest, our homes were raided and privacy of the homes were violated; however, I have seen the nation free itself of fear of slavery,”He stated.
Khan mentioned that three people died during protests in Karachi. Two others were also thrown off bridges and many others were taken into custody after violent demonstrations.
On Wednesday, the ousted PM called on his supporters to assemble at D-Chowk – a town square located near several vital government buildings – and to not vacate the square until the ‘imported government’ announces new elections.
The government of Pakistan approved the deployment of troops to defend its capital headquarters after thousands protestors began flooding in. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah tweeted that the army will be deployed to protect key government buildings in Islamabad’s Red Zone, such as the Supreme Court, Parliament House, and diplomatic enclaves like the US Embassy.
The government headed by Prime Minister Sharif had pledged to stop Khan’s supporters from entering the capital, calling their rally an attempt to “divide the nation and promote chaos.” The authorities even set up dozens of shipping containers and cargo trucks to block the roads to Islamabad ahead of Wednesday’s marches.
“Politics of dharna [sit-in] is detrimental to progress and stability,”Sharif sent a tweet on Wednesday.
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