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Former Pakistani PM Khan’s party to resume protest march

Islamabad, Nov 6 (EFE).- Pakistan’s former prime minister, Imran Khan, announced Sunday that his party, the Pakistan Tekreek-e-Insaf (PTI), would resume a massive march against foreign interference from Wazirabad, the city where the protest was halted after a shooting last week that wounded the former leader.

“We have decided that our march will resume on Tuesday from the same (point), in Wazirabad, where I was shot,” Khan told a news conference from a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where he is being treated following the attack.

The president explained that he will lead the marchers remotely and will personally join the crowd once they reach the city of Rawalpindi, which borders Islamabad, to conclude their demands.

The PTI chairman was shot four times in both legs during Thursday’s attack, and despite his demands that authorities open a transparent investigation into the shooting, no case has been registered yet.

In his first public appearance after the attack, Khan accused the country’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and an intelligence officer, Major General Faisal Naseer, of being behind the shooting.

According to the former prime minister, the case has not yet been registered against the three leaders because the police are not prepared to indict Naseer.

“I am the leader of the largest political party and former prime minister and if I cannot get his name” to register a case against him, “I wonder what (rights can be expected) for the nation and for the common man,” he concluded.

Khan welcomed Sharif’s step of writing to the country’s top court to form a judicial commission to investigate the attack, but demanded in turn the resignation of the three leaders so that the case can be conducted fairly.

On October 28, Khan started a huge march from the eastern city of Lahore to Islamabad under the slogan “true freedom” to demand early elections, after his term came to an end prematurely this year following a no-confidence motion promoted by the current government. EFE


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