Thousands of Citizens Rallied in Support of Ex-Pakistan P.M. Imran Khan
15 March 2023 03:04
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, rallied thousands of supporters in Eastern Pakistan on Monday, as courts in the capital of Islamabad, issued two more arrest warrants for him for failing to appear before judges in graft and terrorism cases, officials said.
Monday's rally was taking place in the Eastern City of Lahore, where Khan now lives. Khan's supporters threw rose petals at a convoy carrying him to the Lahore rally, which swelled to more than 5,000.
Security was ramped up and hundreds of police were deployed to the city for Monday's Rally, which authorities permitted. Later, Khan from his bullet-proof vehicle addressed supporters, saying he will hold an election rally in the city's spacious public park on Sunday.
He denounced Wednesday's police crackdown against his planned rally in Lahore, saying he will never forget the killing of one of his supporters who died in police custody after being arrested.
Since his ouster last April in a no-confidence vote in parliament, Khan has routinely ignored arrest warrants and court summons in a string of cases against him, claiming they are a plot by the government of his successor, prime minister Shahbaz Sharif, to discredit his campaign.