The Azaadi March that started from Karachi on October 27, under the leadership of Jamiat Ulema Islam Fazl (JUI-F led by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, has finally reached the capital Islamabad with an aim to oust the Imran Khan government from power.
The rally entered into Islamabad with roaring slogans, chanted by a convoy of hundreds and thousands of supporters and protestors of JUI-F, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N and Pakistan People Party (PPP.
Friday was marked as a formal start to the protest sit-in as thousands of rally members spent the night at the H-9 sector venue.
Friday prayers were performed by an estimated number of over 100,000 people.
Addressing the gathering after Friday prayers, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif, chairman Pakistan People Party (PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader Jamiat Ulema Islam – Fazl (JUI-F vowed to stand strong against the ruling government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“PPP has never bowed to dictators and puppets like this current selected government of a selected Prime Minister. I, along with all of my party are standing shoulder to shoulder with Fazlur Rehman sb and the opposition alliance. And we will make sure this government is removed from power because it doesn’t deserve to be there,” said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
“Establishment supported Imran Khan thinking that he will work towards the betterment of the country. But he has failed the expectations drastically. I wonder if such support was given to us, we would have made Pakistan one of the top progressing countries,” said Shahbaz Sharif.
“This government has come to power through a process of selection and not through election. It has failed to serve its people and has been the worst nightmare for Pakistan. If they are allowed to carry on with their misadventures and failed policies, the country will be thrown back into the dark ages. We will not let that happen. We will throw them off the power. This gathering has risen up as the voice of the people against this failed government,” said Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Other than the opposition parties that joined in with the rally from Karachi, Awami National Party (ANP took out a massive march from Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP and reached the H-9 protest venue to join the Azaadi March.
This is by far the strongest anti-government movement launched against Prime Minister Imran Khan government that has landed in a huge number in the capital.
The Azaadi March opposition parties alliance is demanding ouster of the ruling government, who they say has been brought into power by selection’ and not election’, declaring the 2018 General Elections as rigged.
The opposition parties also demand early elections after the removal of Imran Khan-led government and vow to not leave Islamabad until their demands are met.
It is still uncertain as to how long do the sit-in protest plan on staying in Islamabad.
However, the massive presence of the joint opposition has certainly shaken up the Imran Khan government, whose negotiation team has been assigned to stay in contact with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and try to convince them to let go their demand, asking for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation.