Mass rallies in support of Imran Khan condemn US-sponsored coup in Pakistan

Mass rallies in support of Imran Khan condemn US-sponsored coup in Pakistan

Thousands of supporters of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan took to the streets of late on Sunday, one day after the incumbent leader lost a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Supporters of Khan staged mass rallies in several cities across the country to protest the Prime Minister’s ouster.

On Sunday, Imran Khan said that his country is under a “foreign conspiracy to change the regime.”

“Pakistan became an independent state in 1947; but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty and democracy,” Imran Khan wrote on his Twitter account

Pakistan’s parliament voted Saturday in favour of a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, while the Speaker resigned ahead of the decision. Parliament is expected to vote on a new prime minister on Monday.

Imran Khan called on Pakistanis to against what he described as “an attempt to undermine the country’s sovereignty,” stressing that “the efforts to isolate him reflect Washington’s indignation at its opposition to its policies in the region.”

Imran Khan is known for his support for a multipolar world and his criticism of US policies in Pakistan and the wider region.

The plot to remove Imran Khan from power was hatched under US pressure, after Islamabad refused to join NATO efforts against Russia and instead signed a major economic deal with Moscow. Khan himself had furiously responded to US attempts to influence Pakistan’s foreign policy, condemning Washington and the West for trying to treat Pakistanis as their slaves.