As the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was ousted from office from what he claims to be a “foreign-funded conspiracy”, tens of thousands of supporters of the deposed Prime Minister took to the streets across the country. However, the power show of the protestors coming out on the street the day their leader was ousted remained largely ignored by the local television media, much like the support Khan enjoyed in other countries, which only surfaced as Netizens took to Twitter to share videos of the protests.
Waving large Pakistani flags of Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Insaf, shouting slogans like “imported Hakumat Na-Manzoor,” protestors marched the streets of capitals like Berlin, Ottawa, Washington, and London. Ali Haider Zaidi, a former minister for maritime affairs, noted the support and posted a video on his Twitter handle where protestors could be seen raising slogans of “diesel” in reference to the JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman.
Moreover, a local media’s correspondent also shared footage that showed PTI supporters gathered at London’s Hyde Park against the ouster of Imran Khan. Many PTI protestors also rallied at the Avenfield House in London, the residence of the deposed prime minister and supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League (N). Pakistani diaspora in Canada and Germany also came out in the streets to record their protest. In a footage shared by a Twitter handler, protestors can be seen gathered in the city center of Mississauga chanting, “Whoever is America’s friend is a traitor.”
The former Prime Minister took note of the spontaneous outpouring of public support against the “regime change” and thanked the Pakistanis for their support in a tweet that read, “Thank you to all Pakistanis for their amazing outpouring of support & emotions to protest against US-backed regime change abetted by local Mir Jafars to bring into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail. Shows Pakistanis at home & abroad have emphatically rejected this”.
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Thank you to all Pakistanis for their amazing outpouring of support & emotions to protest against US-backed regime change abetted by local Mir Jafars to bring into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail. Shows Pakistanis at home & abroad have emphatically rejected this
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 10, 2022
Meanwhile, Khan has also set out on a marathon of protests to put up a powerful show of the public support he enjoys in the country. In the first protest following his ouster, Imran Khan pulled an impressive crowd as thousands of supporters came out to hear his speech. Videos from the historic jalsa show a sea of supporters all packed in a large field. People even jam-packed the streets leading to the venue. Today, Khan is expected to pull the same if not more support in his protest in Karachi.