Pakistan anti-government protesters block freeway in marketing campaign to oust PM


ISLAMABAD (Information) – Anti-government protesters in Pakistan blocked a key freeway linking the nation to Afghanistan on Wednesday, as a part of what they known as the “second part” of motion aimed toward ousting Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Automobiles are seen after they have been stopped on a freeway linking the nation’s southwest area with Afghanistan, through the second part of so-called Azadi March (Freedom March), known as by the opposition to protest in opposition to the federal government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Qilla Abdullah close to Quetta, Pakistan November 13, 2019. Information/Stringer

The protests, led by Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of the conservative Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) occasion, started with the “Azadi” (freedom) March on Oct. 27 from the southern metropolis of Karachi.

Tens of 1000’s of protesters reached the capital Islamabad on Oct. 31, the place they’ve been holding a sit-in on its major freeway demanding Khan’s resignation and a contemporary election, over allegations of electoral fraud and mismanagement of the economic system – accusations the federal government denies.

JUI-F employees holding occasion flags blocked the Quetta–Chaman freeway within the west of the nation with a sit-in on Wednesday, leading to an extended queue of vans laden with items, footage from personal information channels confirmed.

“I announce ‘Plan B’ from tomorrow,” Rehman mentioned in a speech to supporters in Islamabad on Tuesday night time.

The plan envisages blocking a number of of Pakistan’s highways and finally a national lockdown, Akram Durrani, a senior determine in JUI-F, beforehand informed reporters.

Rehman is a veteran politician who can mobilize vital help in spiritual circles throughout the nation. His marketing campaign is the primary concerted opposition problem that cricket star-turned-politician Khan has confronted since he received a common election final 12 months, promising to finish corruption and create jobs for the poor.

The protests come as the federal government is battling excessive inflation and a sluggish economic system.

Khan ran on a platform of financial reform, however his authorities – like a lot of its predecessors – was pressured to show to the Worldwide Financial Fund for a $6 billion bailout in July.

The opposition says Khan’s authorities is illegitimate and is being propped up by the navy, which has dominated Pakistan for about half of its historical past and units safety and overseas coverage.

The navy denies meddling in politics and Khan has dismissed the calls to step down.

Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan in Islamabad; Enhancing by Alasdair Pal and Alex Richardson