Opposition protests have gathered momentum in Pakistan as tens of thousands of individuals defied coronavirus restrictions to demand Prime Minister Imran Khan step down and renew criticism over the military’s role in politics.
An alliance of 11 opposition parties, referred to as the Pakistan Democratic Movement, demonstrated within the city center of Lahore on Sunday, within the culmination of the primary phase of protests before a planned advance the capital of Islamabad in January to pile pressure on Khan’s government.
The parties of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are a part of the movement.
Double-digit inflation, a poor economy, curbs on civil liberties and media censorship are cited by the opposition because the reason for the protests.
Opposition was keen to portray Sunday’s rally as a “referendum” but the govt was “determined to remain in power” and not “buckle under pressure”.
Government there keep on saying that there are signs, consistent with some analysts, that the economy is recovering which protesters were described by the govt as “more [of] a ploy” to distract from the corruption charges against Sharif.
The three-time prime minister was forced by the Supreme Court to step down over corruption allegations in 2017 and was convicted and sentenced to a jail term a year later, just days before the overall election won by Khan.
He has been living within the uk since November 2019, when he left Pakistan on medical bail to receive treatment for a platelet issue that doctors said threatened his life.
Sharif, who blames generals and judges for what he says were trumped up charges, was expected to deal with the Lahore rally through video-link from London.