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Pakistan protesters call for Imran’s resignation at Multan rally

Show of strength: Maryam Nawaz Sharif, in blue dress, taking part in the protest in Multan on Monday.   | Photo Credit: AP

Despite a government ban and arrests of hundreds of activists, Pakistani Opposition supporters rallied in a central city on Monday, calling on Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign over alleged bad governance and incompetence.

The rally in Multan by the Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of Opposition parties, was held a day after the police, on orders from the government, carried out the arrests and banned the gathering, defending the move as necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The police acknowledged arresting more than 370 people, while Opposition groups put the number at more than 1,800. Authorities also switched off the mobile phone network.

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, attended the rally. “There is no doubt that this government will no more be in power in the coming days, God willing, and I have no doubt about it,” she said.

Also in attendance and marking her political debut was Assefa Bhutto Zardari, the daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

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