Thousands of protesters have converged on the federal capital under the banner of the Azadi March, seeking to send Prime Minister Imran Khan packing.
The ‘Azadi’ March caravan, which set off from Sindh on October 27, left Punjab’s city Lahore on October 30 and culminated its journey October 31 in Islamabad.
Opposition leaders delivered fiery speeches against the PTI government on Friday, giving the prime minister a 48-hour ultimatum to resign. The deadline was later extended after the JUI-F chief said the opposition’s Rahbar Committee will decide after talks with the government negotiating committee.
Maulana Fazl addressed the Azadi March participants, saying that the opposition leaders do not want NRO from Imran Khan, instead they will not give it to him.
He said that PM Imran himself hid the money laundering by his sister through an amnesty scheme and now he speaks of granting NRO concessions.
The opposition-led Rahbar Committee held a press conference today after a meeting. Addressing media, Akram Durrani said that all the political parties have unanimously decided to increase pressure on the government.
“The Azadi March will take a new direction after two days,” said Durrani, adding that the committee is mulling over three recommendations.
He further said that the workers are determined, even willing to stay up to three months.
Pakistan People’s Party leader Farhatullah Babar said that the opposition is putting the government under pressure, calling it ‘the first phase’.