The first rally held by a new alliance of opposition parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), drew a crowd of around 50,000 people to a stadium in Gujranwala (Punjab province) on Friday, October 16. The alliance of eleven opposition parties was formed in September and they plan to hold a number of further protests across Pakistan in the coming weeks to call for Prime Minister Imran Khan to be removed from power. There has been no reported unrest or violence associated with Friday's demonstration, although the government had reportedly arrested around 500 opposition figures on the eve of the protest.
Further large-scale demonstrations are expected across Pakistan in the coming weeks and will likely be accompanied by a heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transport.
Those in Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all gatherings as a precaution, anticipate associated disruptions in the vicinity of demonstrations, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities.
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