In the run-up to the major march promised by the opposition in the country’s main cities, starting with the capital Islamabad, more than 1,000 people have been arrested in Pakistan in the last few hours.
Most of the detainees are sympathizers of the banned Islamist party Tehrik-i Labaik Pakistan (TLP), which is part of this new wave of national protests, catalyzed this time by rising inflation, a new open front for Prime Minister Imran Jan’s government since Monthly the anger of the Pakistani opposition, who see him as the puppet of the country’s powerful army.
In addition to the banned TLP, supporters of other parties such as the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Islamist assembly of Islamic clerics (Jamiat Ulema-e Islam) have also seized from Karachi, Larkana, Lahore, Sukkur , Mardan, Jacobabad, Mohmand, Ziarat, Mingora and other cities in the country took to the streets.
Police sources have told Dawn newspaper that the arrests have taken place in 36 districts of the Punjab province, of which the capital is a part, including 40 in the city of Lahore alone.
“The economic situation of the country and its people will not improve if we do not get rid of this tyrannical government,” said the opposition leader in the National Assembly and President of the PML-N, Shahbaz Sharif.
Shahbaz has also urged the leaders of the Pakistani Democratic Movement Party (the MDP, the “umbrella coalition” which unites a large part of the opposition) to ensure cooperation with civil and economic organizations and popular associations, and urged the people to close join the national protests against inflation.
TLP leader Pir Ajmal Qadri has announced in comments to the GEO chain that the “peaceful march” would begin after Friday prayers and assured that “there is a plan B to thwart any official attempt” Protest to obstruct TELEVISION.
However, she wanted to separate the demonstration from the petitions to lead her imprisoned board chairman Saad Husain Rizvi, who was arrested in April after encouraging his supporters to march if the government missed the April 20 deadline for the import ban from France and the expulsion of the French ambassador for publishing controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
To ease the tension, Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar announced on his Twitter account that a committee “of high-ranking members” would be formed to negotiate with the TLP. “We must all work together for peace and harmony in the country,” he added.