Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani opposition leaders have renewed their demands for Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down, terming his government illegitimate and incompetent, as thousands gathered at an anti-government protest in the capital Islamabad.
Addressing supporters on the second day of the protest in Islamabad on Friday, leader of the right-wing Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party, Fazl-ur-Rehman, said a sit-in would continue for two more days.
“Today, this gathering is making it clear to the whole world that only the people have the right to rule Pakistan, no institution has any right to reign over Pakistan,” he said in an indirect reference to the country’s military, which has ruled the country for roughly half of its 72-year history and is accused by the opposition of backing Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
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Earlier in the day, a defiant Khan addressed supporters in Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, saying he would not resign.
“Sit however long you want,” he said in a message to the protesters.
“When your food runs out, we will send more. But we will not give you a [deal],” Khan said, insinuating that opposition leaders were trying to pressure his government to drop corruption investigations into previous governments.