Pakistan opposition parties demand Imran Khan resign as prime ministerAbdul Gh Lone 20 September 2020 0 COMMENTS
The joint opposition demanded on Sunday Prime Minister Imran Khan step down from his post. It announced a nationwide campaign to rid people of the incumbent Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf government from October 2020.
Opposition parties have decided to exhaust all democratic, political and constitutional options both inside and outside the parliament. These include a no-confidence move and collective resignations from the assemblies.
They held an all-parties conference in Islamabad to shape a strategy against the government. Former premier Nawaz Sharif, who’s in London, and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari addressed the conference through a video link.
Below are main points of the opposition’s action plan against the government:
The APC demands immediate resignation of Prime
Minister Imran KhanThe joint opposition announces the start of a
countrywide protest campaignLawyers, traders, farmers, labourers, students,
civil society, media and general public will be made part of this campaignJoint rallies will be held in Karachi, Quetta,
Peshawar and Lahore in the first phase in October and November Major rallies and demonstrations will be held in
provincial capitals in december 2020. A full-fledged countrywide protest will
be held together with the massesA decisive march towards Islamabad will be held
in January 2021Related: Our fight is against those who brought Imran into power, says Nawaz
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman read out
the APC declaration at a press conference in Islamabad Sunday night.
He said political parties believing in the constitution and
federal parliamentary system had formed an alliance named Pakistan Democratic
This alliance will run a campaign to get rid of the
anti-people government in Pakistan, according to the JUI-F chief.
The opposition APC declared that the incumbent
“selected government” was given artificial stability by the
establishment which had imposed it on the people by rigging the 2018 elections.
The meeting expressed “deep concerns” over the
establishment’s increasing interference in politics, he said. The forum
declared it a “threat” to Pakistan’s national security and its
The opposition APC demanded all institutions of the
establishment refrain from meddling in politics, according to Fazl. They must
abide by the oath taken under the Constitution of Pakistan.