Ex-PM Khan’s supporters resume anti-government march in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 10 (EFE).- Thousands of Imran Khan’s supporters resumed their anti-government march on Thursday, a week after an assassination bid on the former prime minister halted the rally.

The march to the capital Islamabad resumed from eastern Punjab Wazirabad city, as Khan keeps pressing for snap elections, a demand rejected by the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party began its march from Lahore late last month, but it was stopped due to a gun attack that killed one person and wounded Khan, 70, and 11 others.

Khan blamed Prime Minister Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and intelligence official Major General Faisal Naseer for the assassination attempt.

The military has rejected Khan’s claim.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said Thursday that marches from other parts of the country would join the main rally in Rawalpindi after a few days.

“(The) Azadi (freedom) March is starting again from Wazirabad, where a murder attempt was made on Imran Khan,” Chaudhry tweeted Thursday.

Khan was ousted from power in a parliamentary vote in April.

Since then, the former premier has held several public rallies in a show of power.

Khan claimed that he had intelligence information from his friends about the possible attack.

“I came to know about the assassination plot against me about two months ago,” Khan tweeted on Wednesday.

“I will also bring the name of the other officer who was monitoring the execution of the assassination plan along with Major General Faisal Naseer,” he claimed.

Khan has hinted that military-critic journalist Arshad Sharif was killed in Kenya for exposing those behind what he called the “regime change operation.”

The prominent journalist was shot dead in what the Kenyan police claimed was a “mistaken identity.”

Pictures ran on national TV Wednesday showed he was tortured before being killed.

The Pakistani interior minister has said it was a targeted killing and not a case of mistaken identity. EFE


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