The leaders of an anti-government alliance urged tens of thousands of supporters at a rally on Sunday to join a march to the Pakistani capital next months to demand the ouster of the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to Pakistani media outlets, an alliance of 11 major opposition parties – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – has been holding mammoth rallies in since its inception in September to seek Khan’s ouster and press the military to stop interfering in politics.
“The time to have a dialogue is over. There will be a march now,” said opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of the late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
He ruled out the possibility of any dialogue with Khan or the military unless fresh elections were announced.
Khan, who says the protest campaign is aimed at blackmailing him into dropping corruption cases against its leaders, has criticised the rallies amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The opposition, which has held six mammoth rallies in recent months, says it plans to put pressure on the government to call a fresh election. The next election is due in 2023.