Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), today changed the party’s plan to carry out the November 2 lockdown in Islamabad. Instead, he said that the party would organise a peaceful celebration and thanksgiving for scores of PTI supporters who have gathered in Islamabad for the protests that Khan had been planning for so long.
A number of Pakistani citizens were surprised with the sudden decision of Khan. Several of them even took to the social media to either express their disappointments with Khan or to mock his politics.
Addressing reporters outside Bani Gala in Islamabad today, Khan thanked people were part of his “campaign against corruption. He told his supporters: “Go home and rest. You have to return to Islamabad tomorrow to celebrate thanksgiving at Parade Ground,” Pakistan-based dawn.com reported.
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The cricketer-turned-politician has been rallying against corruption in Pakistan for last several months. His prime target has been Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been accused in the Panama Papers leak case.
Khan took the decision to call off the protests after the Pakistan Supreme Court decided to start a probe into the charges against Sharif.
“I am elated that the investigation into Nawaz Sharif’s [alleged corruption] will begin a day after tomorrow,” dawn.com quoted Khan as saying.
Earlier in the day, Khan had accused police of “brutality” against his supporters. And he had asserted that he would continue with the plan to lockdown Islamabad to demand the resignation of PM Sharif.
PTI had also said that two of his supporters were killed by tear gas in clashed with police.
In a bid to stop protesters from entering Islamabad, police had also detained over 1500 PTI supporters, according to reports.