Pakistan opposition leader calls for civil disobedience
Imran Khan moves to oust 'corrupt' PM Sharif
Pakistan’s main opposition leader Imran Khan launched a civil disobedience movement on Sunday to mount pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down.
“I am appealing to my supporters and fellow Pakistanis not to pay taxes, gas and electricity bills until the Nawaz Sharif government is dislodged,” Khan told thousands of anti-government protesters who have been staging a sit-in in the capital Islamabad since Friday.
“This is the only way to get rid of this corrupt and fake government,” Khan said. “There is no other legal way left to remove Nawaz Sharif, as he buys everyone.”
The cricketer-turned-politician gave Sharif 48 hours to resign. “If our demands are not met in two days, I will not be able to stop my workers from entering the Red Zone,” he threatened, referring to the area that contains Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s house and other key state buildings.
“We don’t want to spread anarchy [so we] appeal to Sharif to stand down.”
Khan’s address came a day after Tahirul Qadri, a Canada-based moderate cleric, issued a similar 48-hour ultimatum, set to expire on Monday.
Like Khan, Qadri led tens of thousands of his supporters and religious followers from the eastern city of Lahore to Islamabad.
Qadri argues that the present system of governance is rotten. “No change is possible in Pakistan without bringing about a peaceful, democratic and green revolution,” Qadri told his supporters.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali announced on Sunday that the government would open talks with Khan and Qadri to end the standoff on Monday.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to constitute two separate committees to meet Khan and Qadri and listen to their demands,” Ali said. He, however, ruled out the resignation of the prime minister.
Analysts have warned that the military may have to intervene if the impasse persists.
Demand government put an end to extrajudicial killings of people while in state security detention centers
Boat-shapped structure conceived 12 years ago
Vows to end political dynasties, while facing suspension from diocese
Indian nun sets up school to give slum kids a better chance in life
Six countries rank in top 20 for most visitors in 2015
NEW! Premium ContentGet full access. Start your 14-day free trial today.
NEW! Premium ContentThank you for registering! Your 14-Day Free Trial begins today.Here is your login details to access Premium Content:
NEW! Premium ContentOops! That email address has already been registered. Please try again.