Lahore: – The joint agitation announced by the 11 opposition parties of Pakistan, against the government and the military, started on Friday. The protests, with the participation of more than 50,000 people, demanded the resignation of the Imran Khan government with the slogan ‘Go Niyazi Go’. It was announced during this time that the protests which started in Gujranwala are just the beginning, and long marches will be organised against the Pakistan government in January 2021. Meanwhile, against the background of these protests, the Pakistan government has arrested a few leaders and their supporters.
Two weeks ago, Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pakistan People’s Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and other political parties announced a joint agitation against the Imran Khan government. These parties had accused that the Imran Khan government is a government selected by the military and not a government elected by the people. The prices have skyrocketed during the tenure of this government, and an ordinary Pakistani is not able to afford to buy even a bread. The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance formed by the opposition parties, started nationwide protests to corner the Imran Khan government on this and other issues.
People from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir participated in these protests, which were held at Gujranwala in the Punjab province. The stadium was resonating with the chants of ‘Go Niyazi Go’ even before the convoys of Maryam Nawaz, Bilawal Bhutto, Maulana Fazlur Rehman could reach the spot. The protestors were raising slogans of ‘Imran Khan Chor Hai’. Maryam Nawaz criticised that these spontaneous protests by the Pakistani citizens are the beginning of the end of the fabricated government of Imran Khan. Jamiat chief Maulana Rehman announced that these protests would be for securing the rights of the Pakistani citizens. He also declared that the plan is for nationwide rallies and long marches will be organised from all around the country to Islamabad in January 2021.
Containers had been overturned on the roads to crush the protests against the government. Strict restrictions also had been imposed on the protestors. The Pakistani agencies informed that these restrictions were imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, 450 anti-government people were arrested 24 hours ago. Former Chief Minister of the Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, has been detained a week ago and an order for the arrest of former President Asif Ali Zardari has also been issued.