Imran Khan, former prime minister of Pakistan, has called for “freedom” marches to take place all throughout the country on Sunday after his brief detention and detention last week led to violent chaos.
The former cricketing icon, who has been engaged in numerous legal proceedings since being removed from office in April 2022, was released on bail on Friday after the highest court ruled that Imran Khan’s imprisonment was illegal.
Furious with the arrest, Imran Khan’s supporters destroyed military equipment, stopped roads, and set fire to government facilities, which they claimed was the cause of Khan’s demise.
“Freedom does not come easily. You have to snatch it. You have to sacrifice for it,” he said on YouTube on Saturday night.
Imran Khan Calls For Nationwide Protests
Imran Khan urged his supporters to hold demonstrations “at the end of your streets and villages” throughout the nation on Sunday and declared he would resume his pitch for quick elections on Wednesday.
The leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has been fighting the military with defiance for months.
He was reprimanded for saying senior officials were participating in an assassination attempt on him in 2022 just hours before his arrest on Tuesday.
For nearly half of Pakistan’s 75-year existence, the country has been directly ruled by its formidable military, which also maintains control over the democratic system.
“The actions of the army leader have damaged our military. It is because of him, not because of me.” Not sure if he meant the current head or his predecessor, whom Khan has held accountable for his expulsion, Khan remarked from his home in Lahore.
He previously claimed to reporters that his detention was the result of “one man, the army chief.”
Khan, however, distanced himself from the violence committed against the military’s facilities during the protests, denying that any of his party’s members were involved, and called for an impartial investigation into the incident.
Khan’s charges are untrue, and the army issued a warning against trying to spread “misperceptions” about the organization on Saturday.
Authorities report that during the chaotic events last week, at least nine people died, hundreds of police officers were hurt, and more than 4,000 people were jailed.
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