Imran Khan Slams Role of US as Political Tensions Boil in Pakistan

October 15, 2020 0 By PENTICTONLAWYERS

Political tensions remained high in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Friday as opposition leaders traded threats with the ruling parties amid ongoing street protests in the heart of the city.

Opposition leader Imran Khan on Thursday said he would no longer compromise with the Pakistani government and vowed to continue protests and a sit-in against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif until he resigns. On Friday, despite those remarks and following the resignation of 34 members of his political party from parliament, talks were said to be on the verge of re-starting.

According to Agence France-Presse:

Khan, a former cricket star who is now chairman of the country’s leading opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has joined forces with Tahirul Qadri, a cleric and leader of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), in a dramatic march on the capital of Islamabad that became a sit-in outside Parliament and other government buildings.

Protesters say Sharif’s election was fraudulent after a landslide win landed him in office last year. Khan said the PTI had six demands, including Sharif’s resignation, that the government had to meet to continue discussions, but the government said the demands had no legal basis and claimed the attempts to bring down the PM were “unconstitutional,” BBC says.