Pakistani Protesters Take to Streets In Support of Ousted Imran Khan

Tens of thousands of people marched in several cities around Pakistan, pledging support for the ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan, demanding his return back to power.

Protests were staged in the Pakistani capital Islamabad and many other cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan and the demonstrators were waving large flags of Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and shouting slogans “we want him (Imran Khan) back in power.”

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from power after losing a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Sunday over allegations of economic mismanagement and mishandling of foreign policy.

Women and children were among the protestors, who were chanting slogans against the “imported government” in Pakistan, according to the local media.  

“Never have such crowds come out so spontaneously and in such numbers in our history rejecting the imported government led by crooks,” Imran Khan said in a tweet message.

“Thank you to all Pakistanis for their amazing outpouring of support and emotions to protest against US-backed regime change abetted by local Mir Jafars to bring into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail. Shows Pakistanis at home and abroad have emphatically rejected this,” Khan added.

Pakistan’s parliament will elect a new prime minister today (Monday), where Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the candidate of the combined opposition.

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