Pakistan. Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan calls for marching on Islamabad | Political news

Khan says he will never accept the new government and calls on his supporters to rally peacefully on Wednesday.

The defiant former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on his supporters to march peacefully on Islamabad on May 25 to demand new elections.

Khan, who served as prime minister for more than three and a half years, was ousted in a vote of no confidence in parliament by an alliance of all major political parties.

Since stepping down, Khan has addressed rallies in several cities as he rallied for a big show of force in the capital on Wednesday.

“We will never accept [the new government] – no matter how long we have to stay in Islamabad, we will stay there,” Khan told reporters on Sunday in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Khan’s call came after a marathon session of talks with leaders of his Tehreek-e-Insaf party in Peshawar. He describes the march as a move to protect the country’s sovereignty, as he alleges the vote that impeached him was a plot organized by the United States.

In his speech, Khan urged authorities not to oppose the march, which will gain strength outside Islamabad before heading into the city center.

Once in the city, the former prime minister said, his supporters will stay until parliament is dissolved and new elections are called. Thousands of people have come to his rallies in the past.

Khan says the United States wanted him out of office because of his foreign policy choices in favor of Russia and China, and because of a visit he made on February 24 to Moscow, where he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin – as Russian tanks arrived. Ukraine. He also said the United States did not like his vehement criticism of Washington’s “war on terror”.

The US State Department has denied any involvement in Pakistan’s domestic politics.

Khan came to power in 2018 promising to root out corruption and revive Pakistan’s economy, but he has failed to deliver on most of his promises.

He has nonetheless managed to draw huge crowds at rallies since his dismissal.

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