Imran Khan calls for mass civil disobedience
The Pakistani opposition leader set a two-day deadline for Nawaz Sharif to step down and vowed to continue his ‘dharna’ (sit-in) in Islamabad.
Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Sunday asked the people to stop paying taxes to the government in a civil disobedience movement to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power.
“We will not pay electricity and gas bills, the general sales tax and other taxes until Nawaz Sharif resigns,” Imran declared in what has been described as his political career’s most important speech to a huge crowd in the capital.
Imran, who heads the parliament’s third largest political bloc and is Tehreek-i-Insaaf chief, said he does not want to promote disorder and lawlessness in the country. He stopped short of asking the crowd to overrun the ‘red zone’ which houses the PM House, the Parliament House and other sensitive buildings because that would lead to clashes with security forces and bloodshed.
Imran set a two-day deadline for Nawaz Sharif to step down and vowed to continue his ‘dharna’ (sit-in) in Islamabad.
Parallel to Imran’s gathering, cleric Tahirul Qadri also addressed an equally impressive crowd of dedicated followers, during which he said Sharif has only 24 hours left to resign, failing which his people would be ready for a ‘revolution’.
Sharif curtailed his weekend stay in Lahore and flew back to the capital for intense talks with close aides to tackle the evolving situation.