Activists and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took to the streets in various cities across the country on Sunday to protest against rising inflation on the call of party president and former prime minister Imran Khan.
In Karachi, protests were held at Shahra-e-Qaedin. A large number of police officers were deployed on the road leading from Sharia Faisal to Shahrah-e-Qaidin.
Former Sindh governor Imran Ismail and other members of the local leadership of PTI were present.
In Peshawar, protests were held in front of the main Hastanagari gate as party workers raised slogans against the government, inflation and loadshedding.
In Lahore, protesters, including women, gathered at Liberty Square.
Similar protests were also held in Islamabad and neighboring Rawalpindi.
Imran’s virtual address to supporters
At various protest sites, screens were put up to see Imran’s virtual address, which he delivered after 10 pm.
In his speech, Imran said that he had asked people to take to the streets against inflation “for their own good”.
He warned that more price hikes and inflation were likely and asked people to intensify their struggle against the “imported government”.
The former prime minister recalled that his government “introduced subsidies and distributed health cards despite being in the IMF program”.
The PTI chief made the comparison, saying, “This government is in the IMF program for two months and we were in it for two and a half years.”
Imran said that his government has reduced petrol prices by Rs 10 at a time when the IMF is actually pushing them to raise fuel prices.
Hitting out at the PML-N-led coalition government, the former PM said the “real mines” were laid when the Nawaz Sharif-led government left power in 2018 with a current account deficit of $20 billion. Was.
It is because of the efforts of the government that the economy has grown by 5.4 per cent and 6 per cent for two consecutive years, he said.
“It was the effort of our team under the leadership of Hammad Azhar, which included all institutions, including the Pakistan Army, that resulted in Pakistan being virtually out of the gray list of the FATF,” the former prime minister said.
He said the country plunged into crisis only when a US-sponsored plot was hatched with “our local Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq” as central characters.
“I also contacted neutral people and appreciated their stand to remain neutral, but at the same time, I made them aware of the economic repercussions of the foreign plan. The moment I expressed my concerns, it was the right time to foil the conspiracy. ,” said the PTI chief.
Imran said he was “grateful” to Power Minister Khurram Dastagir for allegedly admitting during a TV interview that “Shahbaz and other leaders would have been in jail, Imran would have been in power”.
The former PM said that PPP Senator Salim Mandviwala’s statement – in which he commented on the possibility of Pakistan having diplomatic ties, was also “part of the same agenda” that toppled his government.
The PTI president asked people to be ready for his “call” and said their struggle against the government would continue until it announced “free and fair elections”.
Imran on Thursday to plead strongly The public tonight at 9 pm to “peacefully demonstrate” against rising inflation, which he said is “unable to handle the economy” by the government.
In a recorded video message, Imran warned that inflation would rise even more in the days to come if the nation “sitting idly”.
“I am inviting the entire nation for a peaceful protest against inflation. I invite trade unions, professionals, doctors, engineers, clerks and government employees to take to the streets,” appealed the former PM.