News ID: 321854
Published: 0630 GMT May 23, 2022

Ousted Pakistani PM Imran Khan calls for march on Islamabad

Ousted Pakistani PM Imran Khan calls for march on Islamabad

Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures as he addresses supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party during a rally in Multan, Pakistan, on May 20, 2022.

Former Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan called on his supporters to march peacefully on Islamabad on May 25th, to press for fresh elections.

Khan, who served as prime minister for more than three and a half years, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament by an alliance of all major political parties, Al Jazeera reported.

Since his removal, Khan has addressed rallies in several cities as he mobilises for a grand show of strength in the capital on Wednesday.

We will never accept [the new government] – no matter how long we have to remain in Islamabad, we will remain there,” Khan told reporters in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday.

Khans call came after a marathon session of talks with leaders from his Tehreek-e-Insaf party in Peshawar. He describes the march as a move to protect the countrys sovereignty, as he alleges that the vote that removed him was a United States-organised plot.

In his speech, Khan urged authorities not to oppose the march, which will gain strength outside of Islamabad before heading to the city centre.

Once in the city, the former prime minister said, his supporters will remain until parliament is dissolved and new elections are called. Thousands have come to his rallies in the past.

Khan says the US wanted him removed from office because of his foreign policy choices in favour of Russia and China, and because of a visit he made on February 24 to Moscow, where he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin – as Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. He has also said the US dislikes his strident criticism of Washingtons war on terror”.

The US Department of State has denied any involvement in Pakistans internal politics.

Khan came to power in 2018 promising to eradicate corruption and revive Pakistans economy, but he failed to deliver on most of his pledges.




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