Imran Khan Current Affairs - 2019
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US State department’s deputy spokesperson has expressed concern over the political developments in Pakistan especially after the extended unrest spurred by the anti-government protestors led by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Canada-based cleric Tahir ul Qadri of Pakistan Awami League. The two leaders have masterminded a coup on the pretext of some irregularities that happened during the elections. Both the leaders had termed the elections as fake and fraud.
It was later disclosed by some factions of latter’s own party that Khan had planned the same with the support of the military. The PM Nawaz Sharif however had strongly resisted a strong threat to his government by refusing to step down and not even going on an extended leave. He had also proposed to talk to the protesting factions. The talks which were held twice failed as the protestors were not stopping on anything short of resignation by the PM and the demand of fresh elections.
US authorities have asked all the political parties in Pakistan to solve their differences peacefully and amicably. The Nawaz Sharif government which has come to power after a thorough democratic process needs to be respected and served a legible chance to work for the welfare of the nation. The spokesperson reiterated the fact that they have been constantly observing the developments in Islamabad.
We’ve consistently said that the US encourages all the parties to work together to resolve their differences through dialogue also, though, oppose any efforts to impose extra-constitutional change to the democratic system,” Harf said.
Pakistan is going through a tense political phase. There are violent protests to dislodge the government led by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and the cleric Tahir ul Qadri. Imran Khan who leads a prominent political party is demanding a resignation from Nawa Sharif government whereas Qadri is protesting for deeper and wider political reforms.
The protests which started 2 weeks ago were largely peaceful till recently. 450 people have been injured in the protests. The police are firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. The army personnel have and buildings. The protestors were also prevented from entering the residence of the PM by police by firing tear gas canons, batons and rubber bullets. Pakistan’s defence minister has stood by his decision to use the tear gas as an alternative to force. The protestors if not stopped at critical points, would have crossed into the government houses and led to an ultimate chaos.
In many areas the protests have been led by women who were armed with iron rods and hammers. They hammered the parliament fence and made way for crowds into the lawns and parking. The Islamabad police chief expressed concern as he stated that the protestors were carrying hammers, wire cutters and axes in some cases.
There are about 8000 people on the streets including women and children. The talks between the leaders of the protestors and Sharif failed to reach a conclusive end as the opponents wants the country to have another set of elections and an immediate resignation of the PM. The military has been asked to mediate but there is no near end in sight. PM Nawaz Sharif has refused to resign and has dismissed the protest as not a major event.