Former prime minister Imran Khan makes a strong political comeback as he begins a nationwide campaign of public rallies. Last night’s Peshawar jalsa was PTI’s first rally following Imran Khan’s ouster as prime minister.
Needless to say, Imran Khan pulled an impressive crowd as thousands of supporters came out to hear his speech. In fact, the crowd was so huge that #PeshawarJalsa is among the top Twitter trends. Videos from the rally are going viral on social media. People who attended the Peshawar rally are revealing unreal moments on social media.
— Islamabadies (@Islamabadies) April 14, 2022
Videos from the historic jalsa literally show a sea of supporters all packed in a large field. People even jam-packed the streets leading to the venue. Finance and Health Minister of KPK Taimur Khan said they had to break the boundary walls to make space for the crowd.
“Massive, massive, massive. We had to break the boundary walls. People ahead. On the sides. Behind. A force has been unleashed like never before,” Taimur Khan Jhagra tweeted while sharing a video.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) April 13, 2022
Pakistanis are in awe of the sheer strength of the public gathered at Imran Khan’s Peshawar rally. Some even went as far to call the Peshawar rally a revolution. According to public opinion, the Peshawar rally shows Imran Khan has the backing of the public. To clarify, ever since the Opposition ousted Imran Khan, the majority of the public has been charged against the new government and totally rejected it.
Interestingly, Imran Khan’s Peshawar rally even gained international coverage. For instance, a leading American newspaper The Washington Post also wrote an article on Imran Khan’s Peshawar rally with the title, “Even out of office, Imran Khan shows he can still draw a crowd”. The article takes note of the massive crowd present at the Peshawar rally.
Imran Khan’s powerful speech
During the Peshawar rally, PTI Chairman Imran Khan made a hard-hitting speech. After thanking the people for a mammoth welcome after his ouster, Imran Khan launched a scathing attack on the incumbent government.
Would be wrong to underestimate the strength of today's crowd that Imran Khan and PTI has managed to pull today in Peshawar – Definitely one of the biggest in the city's history. #Pakistan
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) April 13, 2022
The former prime minister accused the incumbent premier Shehbaz of launching a “crackdown” against the social media volunteers. “You won’t find a place to hide if I give call [of protests],” he warned. Later on, he addressed the nation’s refusal to accept Shehbaz Sharif as the prime minister.
“Shehbaz Sharif is currently facing Rs. 40 billion corruption charges,” he said and asked how can the nation accept him as prime minister.
The former prime minister added that “all others who think we will accept this regime should know that this isn’t the 1970s.
— Aftab Siddiqui (@AftabSiddiqiPTI) April 14, 2022
Furthermore, Imran Khan also questioned the opening of the courts. To clarify, ahead of the no-confidence motion, Islamabad brimmed with political activity. Even the Supreme Court took action on an urgent basis.
“The courts were opened at night. Why? Did I break any laws?” Imran Khan questioned. Moreover, he also said he never incited people against the institutions. Interestingly, there are accusations against Imran Khan for creating a divide between the state institutions and society.
“I will live and die for Pakistan,” the PTI Chairman further added.
The PTI chairman also warned that he was not that dangerous while he was part of the government. However, now, he will become “more dangerous” for the Opposition.