İrem UZUN -TDO- Thousands of anti-government protesters in Pakistan called off a two-week sit-in on Islamabad's main highway, but began what they called "Plan B", aimed at crippling the country's roads and toppling Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Protest leader Fazl-ur-Rehman, chief of the conservative Assembly of Islamic Clerics (JUI-F), made the announcement to protesters in Islamabad on Wednesday. “We will be leaving here tonight and will stand beside you (protesters), so the Azadi March proceeds successfully. Your presence here has pulled out the roots and the next step will be to root out the stem. Give one more push to the already falling walls,” he said to the crowd. He appealed to the people who could not join the march to now come out when the protests spread across Pakistan. Demonstrators set off on the march from the southern city of Karachi on October 27 and arrived in Islamabad on October 31, where they had been holding a sit-in for almost two weeks.
While explaining the "plan-B" of the Azadi March, Rehman said that not only major arteries, but roads and streets of the country will be blocked by 2pm on Thursdayto force Prime Minister Khan to resign and hold new elections.He said that government had been considerably weakened and just needed a little push to crumble.The opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People Party (PPP), have also thrown their weight behind the massive anti-government rally comprising thousands of protesters in Islamabad.