ISLAMABAD: Former PM Imran Khan demanded immediate elections in the country after his unceremonious ouster from the prime minister’s office.
The announcement comes hours after the National Assembly elected Shehbaz Sharif as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan, with 174 members of the lower house of the parliament casting their vote in favour of the PML-N president.
But Khan, who even before his ouster claimed that his removal from the office was part of a foreign conspiracy, has refused to accept Shehbaz Sharif as his prime minister.
“We are demanding immediate elections as that is the only way forward, to let the people decide, through fair and free elections, whom they want as their prime minister,” the PTI chairman said.
He also announced that on Wednesday, two days from now, he will be holding a rally in Peshawar after Isha prayers, his first jalsa after being “removed through a foreign-instigated regime change.”
“I want all our people to come, as Pakistan was created as an independent sovereign state, not as a puppet state of foreign powers,” the ex-prime minister said.
Huge masses of supporters came out in support of the ex-prime minister in the late hours of Sunday as they chanted slogans against the Opposition and vowed to support Imran Khan till the end.
“There can’t be any bigger insult to this country,” Khan, who was was ousted in the early hours of Sunday, told reporters on Monday, April 11, 2022, on the prospect of Shehbaz being elected.
Earlier yesterday, the PTI lawmakers decided to resign en masse and submitted their resignations to the party’s chief whip Amir Dogar. If they are accepted by the speaker, Pakistan faces a prospect of more than 100 by-elections within two months.
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