Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to continue his fight for “real freedom” until his last breath as thousands of his supporters joined a “long march” to the capital Islamabad demanding snap elections.
His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party on Thursday resumed the march to Islamabad from Wazirabad city in Punjab province a week after the former prime minister was shot at in an assassination attempt.
“I will reach Rawalpindi and I invite you all to come and march with us because it is a matter of the future of the country and the future of your children,” he said in a video address lasting less than 20 minutes, his first since he was wounded in the gun attack in Wazirabad on November 3.
The march is part of Khan’s efforts to galvanise support against his removal from office in a no-confidence motion in April. He has alleged that Pakistan’s then-opposition parties colluded with the United States to unseat him from power.
Since then, he has been holding public rallies to demand snap elections, which are not due until late 2023.
The former prime minister has, however, not provided any proof of the conspiracy allegation, and both Washington and the Pakistan political parties now in power have denied the accusations.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the cricketing icon-turned-politician said he had discovered an alleged plot to assassinate him two months ago. He said he will disclose the name of a second military official allegedly involved in the plot during his address to supporters participating in the “long march”.
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