Anti Imran Khan Protest in Pakistan

Objectors, on Friday, protested against Imran Khan's government for high prices of food staples like pulses, wheat and vegetables.

October 16, Gujranwala: thousands of demonstrators protested against Imran Khan’s Government in Pakistan. This protest campaign was initiated by an opposition group, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

The PDM consists of 11 parties including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League’s Nawaz faction (PML-N). The opposition alliance was formed last month and this was their first public demonstration. Leaders of parties involved in the alliance, including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (PPP),  Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) and Fazl-ur-Rehman (JUI-F) also addressed the protest.

“We want there to be an end to corruption, for that you will need to have one law for every Pakistani,” said PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

“To end corruption, we need to have across the board accountability… If there is an accusation, then there should definitely be an investigation on a former prime minister or a president. But if there is an accusation against a general or a judge, then we must investigate that as well.”

He also criticised the Premier’s government by referring to “historic highs in poverty [and] inflation”.

Nawaz also spoke virtually from London accusing the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa for overthrowing his government and instating Imran Khan for the 2018 elections. As per the government’s orders, Nawaz’s comments were censored on Pakistani television channels and press, he said: “General Qamar Javed Bajwa, you packed up our government, which was working well, and put the nation and the country at the alter of your wishes”.

His daughter, Maryam Nawaz also addressed the gathering saying, “Governments should come from your votes and go from your votes as well. And no one should have the power to take those chosen by you and throw them out of office. And if they do this, then you should have the power to throw them out of office”.

The PDM alliance was formed on September 20 and has been highlighted for taking candid aims at the country’s military and for accusing Imran Khan of rigging the elections to rise to power.

The premier has denied all the accusations and criticisms stating that the opposition alliance is only doing this to secure concessions in the corruption proceedings against them.

Although inflation has risen across the country, particularly for food staples such as flour, pulses and vegetables. Unemployment has also risen relatively more over the year.  Regardless of the criticisms, allegations and oppositions, the PTI government remains to be largely popular in light of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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