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Protest march led by former Pakistani PM plans to reach capital by November 11


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Protest march led by former Pakistani PM plans to reach capital by November 11

Protest march led by former Pakistani PM plans to reach capital by November 11

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The protest march organized by the Pakistani opposition party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to reach… 02.11.2022, Sputnik International

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The protest march, which is a move to demand a snap general election, started in Lahore city on Friday. Umar said the PTI march will reach Rawalpindi city on November 10 as per the new schedule, while Convoys of protesters from all over Pakistan will arrive in Islamabad on November 11th. The march was halted on Sunday after Pakistani journalist Sadaf Naeem was crushed to death by a vehicle carrying Khan. After the incident, the party leadership stopped the motorcade and the ex-prime minister expressed his condolences for the death of the woman. Last week, the Pakistani government asked the country’s Supreme Court to stop the PTI march, but the request was denied. Before going to court, government officials said authorities would tighten their policy toward those who attended the protest. In turn, the authorities in Islamabad announced that they would not allow the PTI to hold meetings in the city and increased the protection of the so-called red zone, in which the main government buildings are located. The previous protest march took place on May 25, when thousands of Khan supporters reached Islamabad. During the march, clashes erupted between protesters and police, in which dozens of people were injured. Following the clashes, Tehreek-e-Insaf decided to stop the protest to avoid bloodshed. Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmakers boycotted the vote. Since then there have been widespread protests in Pakistan calling for snap elections amid public discontent with the country’s economic situation under the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who replaced Khan. Khan himself has insisted that his ouster was orchestrated by foreign powers, namely the United States. The Election Commission of Pakistan has said new elections will not be held until May.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The protest march organized by the Pakistani opposition party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to reach the capital by November 11, the former Planning Minister Asad Umar.

The protest march, which aims to demand a snap general election, started on Friday in the city of Lahore.

Umar said the PTI march will reach Rawalpindi town by November 10 under the new timetable, while convoys of protesters from all over Pakistan will arrive in Islamabad on November 11.

The march was halted on Sunday after Pakistani journalist Sadaf Naeem was crushed to death by a vehicle carrying Khan. After the incident, the party leadership stopped the motorcade and the ex-prime minister expressed his condolences for the death of the woman.

Islamabad braces for political drama as Imran Khan’s long march kicks off

Last week, the Pakistani government asked the country’s Supreme Court to stop the PTI march, but the request was denied. Before going to court, government officials said authorities would tighten their policy toward those who attended the protest. In turn, authorities in Islamabad announced that they would not allow the PTI to hold meetings in the city and increased protection of the so-called red zone, in which the main government buildings are located.

The previous protest march took place on May 25, when thousands of Khan supporters reached Islamabad. During the march, clashes erupted between protesters and police, in which dozens of people were injured. Following the clashes, Tehreek-e-Insaf decided to stop the demonstration to avoid bloodshed.

Khan was ousted in mid-April amid a spiraling economic crisis after parliament held a vote of no confidence in his government. Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmakers boycotted the vote.

Since then there have been widespread protests in Pakistan calling for snap elections amid public discontent with the country’s economic situation under the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who replaced Khan. Khan himself insisted that his ouster was orchestrated by foreign powers, namely the United States.

Pakistan’s Election Commission has said new elections will not be held until May.



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