Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Thousands rally in Pakistan as pressure grows on Imran

ISLAMABAD: Tens of thousands of activists from Pakistan’s ruling party and opposition groups have descended on the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a parliamentary vote seeking to topple the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, reports Al Jazeera.

Khan, under mounting political pressure, has urged supporters from across the country to gather on Sunday for a show of strength ahead of the crucial vote expected next week.

“It is a battle for the future of our nation,” the cricketer-turned-politician said in an audio message released on Twitter on Sunday.

Later on the day, Imran Khan addressed his party's power show titled Amr Bil Maroof (enjoin the good) and billed as a "historic" event at Parade Ground in Islamabad. About 3,00,000 people attended the rally.

The prime minister took the podium after his fellow PTI leaders took turns addressing their party workers and supporters, who have assembled at his call ahead of a no-trust move against him in the National Assembly.

"First of all, I thank my nation. The way you turned up on my call from all corners of Pakistan, I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart," PM Imran said in his opening remarks. "I also pay tribute to my team of parliamentarians as 'you were offered money and attempts were made to bribe you but you made me happy and I am proud of you.'