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18 Oct 2020 | 11:35 PM UTC

Pakistan: Opposition supporters rally in Karachi October 18 /update 1

Pakistan News Alert

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rally in Karachi on October 18; further protests expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan, Karachi

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Event

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters gathered for a rally in Karachi on Sunday, October 18, as part of a campaign to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. The rally was organized by the newly formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a coalition of opposition parties. The coalition has accused the army of rigging the 2018 election which saw Khan come to power. This is the second such rally to take place, with the first one in Gujranwala (Punjab province) on Friday, October 16, drawing around 50,000 people.

The PDM plan to hold further rallies across Pakistan in the coming weeks. These will likely be well attended and accompanied by a security presence and localized disruptions to transport.

Advice

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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