Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Pakistan's former PM gives six days to Pakistan govt to announce fresh polls

Pakistan's former PM gives six days to Pakistan govt to announce fresh polls

After a massive show of strength, which held Pakistani cities under siege until Thursday morning as Imran Khan's Azadi march reached the capital Islamabad in the early hours of Thursday,

Former prime minister Imran Khan warned that if election dates are not announced within six days, he will again come to Islamabad.

As Imran Khan's Azadi march started on Wednesday, clashes between party workers and cops broke out in Punjab, Karachi, and Lahore. Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez complained that petrol pumps in Lahore ran out of fuel; ATMs were out of money.

Before the march entered Islamabad, the army was called in to protect the city's Red Zone, consisting of essential structures like the Supreme Court, Prime Minister's residence, etc., from what Imran Khan wanted to be a 'peaceful protest.' Islamabad was sealed off not to allow the march entry, and police shelled tear gas as Islamabad turned into a battleground on Thursday.

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Pakistan's Geo News claimed PTI supporters attacked its office, injuring some journalists.

Imran Khan reached Islamabad and addressed the march, where he said the government would be happy if he staged a sit-in, leading to more clashes between his party and the police.

"I decided that I will sit here till the government dissolves assemblies and announces fresh elections, but in the last 24 hours, they (government) are taking the nation towards anarchy."

The PTI chairman also claimed that five protesters from his party were killed in clashes.

The coalition government has seen the country's two usually feuding dynastic parties combine to push Mr. Khan out of power. It has repeatedly said it has no plans to hold an election.

On Wednesday, thousands of PTI supporters and Mr. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party notice his call to march to Islamabad from nearby cities.

But confrontations broke out between police and protesters, who attempted to remove roadblocks on key highways to join the convoy.

Police repeatedly used teargas on protesters in the capital and Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Karachi.

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