Pakistan cleric gives PM 2 days to resign amid massive protest
02 Nov 2019
Fazal-ur Rehman waves to supporters during Azadi March in Islamabad on Friday. Akhtar Soomro/ Reuters
Tens of thousands of supporters of an Islamist political party are staging a protest camp in Pakistan’s capital, where authorities are using shipping containers and riot police to block access to key government buildings.
The protesters want Prime Minister Imran Khan resign over economic hardships.
Authorities in Islamabad were seen on Saturday moving additional rows of massive shipping containers onto roads leading to the “Red Zone.” That’s home to parliament, the supreme court and the prime minister’s residence.
Firebrand cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, says Khan has until Sunday night to quit.
Rehman has hinted he may lead protesters to the Red Zone to force Khan’s resignation. Khan says he won’t succumb to pressure.