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World Tens of thousands rally to demand Pakistan PM Khan resign

00:45  19 october  2020
00:45  19 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Pakistan Protests Gain Momentum, Putting Khan Under Pressure

  Pakistan Protests Gain Momentum, Putting Khan Under Pressure Pakistan is bracing for more protests as an alliance of opposition parties builds momentum for a nationwide series of rallies calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. © Photographer: RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP Activists of the newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance of 11 parties, raise their hands during the public rally in Karachi on October 18, 2020.

Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in Pakistan 's capital of Islamabad on Friday, demanding Prime

Tens of thousands of people have turned out at a rally in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi for former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan . Mr Khan , who has been an established politician for many years but has struggled to win votes, has seen his support increase recently.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari posing for the camera: Anti-government protest rally in Karachi © Reuters/AKHTAR SOOMRO Anti-government protest rally in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied on Sunday in the city of Karachi as part of a campaign to oust Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged 2018 election.

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Nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last month to begin a nationwide agitation against the government.

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"You've snatched jobs from people. You have snatched two-time a day food from the people," said opposition leader Maryam Nawaz about Khan while addressing the rally, which drew growing crowds in the second such gathering in three days.

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Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi for former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan . But our correspondent says that despite winning support from many disillusioned Pakistanis , Mr Khan still has a lot of work to do to clarify exactly what he stands

Embattled Pakistani PM Khan faces resignation calls during large protest rally in Islamabad organized by the country’s major opposition parties. (Photo by Reuters). Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have held a protest rally in the capital, Islamabad, amid discontent over rising inflation

She is the daughter and political heir of the former three-time premier Nawaz Sharif.

"Our farmers have hunger in their homes... our youth is disappointed," said another opposition leader, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The protests come as the country's economy - which had already tanked before the global pandemic - struggles with double digit inflation and negative growth, which Khan’s opponents blame on his government.

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Khan's two-year tenure has also seen mounting censorship and a crackdown on dissent, critics and opposition leaders.

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Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters descended on the capital of Islamabad Friday, determined to send the sitting prime minister home. Pakistan : Thousands rally to demand PM Khan 's resignation - Продолжительность: 2:06 Ruptly 739 просмотров.

Tens of thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters rallied on Friday to demand the ouster of what they say is the illegitimate government of Prime Minister Imran Khan , warning of chaos if their demands were not met. The protest, in the capital Islamabad, is the first concerted opposition

"Inflation has broken the back of poor citizens forcing many to beg to feed their children," said Faqeer Baloch, 63, at the Karachi rally.

"It is high time that this government should go now," he said as the crowd chanted, "Go Imran go!"

The next general election is scheduled for 2023.

The rally in Karachi followed a protest by the alliance in eastern Gujranwala city on Friday, which was the biggest demonstration against Khan since he took office.

Speaking via video link from London to the Gujranwala gathering, Sharif accused army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa of rigging the 2018 elections and orchestrating his ouster in 2017 in what he said were trumped up charges aided by judiciary.

Maryam said her party was not anti-military, but, "If you say that we will respect those who would crush the ballots under their boots, that's not going to happen."

The military, which denies meddling in politics or electoral wrongdoing, has yet to respond specifically to Sharif's accusations.

Khan, who came to power on an anti-graft platform and denies the army helped him win, has defended the military.

(Writing and additional reporting by Asif Shahzad in Islamabad; Editing by Frances Kerry and Daniel Wallis)

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