Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rallied in several cities on Sunday to protest the ouster of former prime minister and party chairman Imran Khan through a successful no-confidence vote the night before.
Demonstrations were held in Karachi, Peshawar, Malakand, Multan, Kanewal, Jean, Quetta, Okara, Islamabad, Lahore and Abbotabad. Protests also took place in Bajaur and Lower Dir.
Earlier that day, Khan tweeted today the beginning of a “freedom struggle” against what he called a “foreign conspiracy for regime change.” To empower his supporters, he said, “It is always the people who defend their sovereignty and democracy.”
PTI spokeswoman Fawad Chaudhry also spoke to the press in Islamabad early in the morning, urging people to protest after the Isha prayer. He said Khan’s failure to lead a large-scale movement constituted “a betrayal of the country’s politics and constitution.”
After that, the party announced the schedule of various demonstrations planned for cities across the country from 9:30 pm.
Protests in the capital began at Zero Point, and PTI supporters chanted slogans in favor of the former prime minister and waved flags.
Traffic flow on the Srinagar highway has been affected by rallies where long traffic lines are formed.
Meanwhile, Chaudhry thanked PTI supporters who came out of Rawalpindi for the protest.
Sheikh Rashid, head of the Awami Muslim League, also spoke at a rally in Lal Haveli, Rawalpindi, criticizing PML-N, particularly the prime minister, Shebaj Sharif. (Shehbaz Sharif) and claimed he was trying to avoid prosecution on money laundering-related charges.
Many protesters, including women and children, appeared at the Peshawar press club to show solidarity with the ousted prime minister.
The crowd appears to have targeted the military, shouting slogans for Pakistan’s pro-democracy movement leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other party leaders.
Images shared by PTI also showed demonstrations in other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa such as Bajaur and Abottabad.
PTI leader Hammad Azhar posted a video of a rally in the NA-126 constituency leaving for Liberty Chowk.
PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhry also shared a video of a rally from the city’s NA-133 precinct to Liberty Market where anti-US slogans can be heard.
Another video shared by PTI showed all-out supporters and the party’s fervent crowds at the Liberty Chowk.
Protests took place in Karachi on Rashid Minhas Road, attended by many supporters, including women and children.
Sindh Assembly opposition leader Haleem Adil Sheikh was one of the local PTI leaders in attendance.
Protesters chanted slogans against the ‘import government’ and PPP chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
Foreign supporters of PTI have also stepped forward to support Khan. A video shared by Ali Haider Zaidi showed protesters posting the slogan “Diesel”.
Attica Lehmann, Serb A British correspondent shared footage of PTI supporters gathering in London’s Hyde Park to register a protest.
More video shows PTI and PML-N supporters also clashed at London’s Avenfield House, where PML-N head Nawaz Sharif owns an apartment and residence.