Date
20 August 2017
Imran Khan addresses his supporters at a rally in Islamabad on Sunday. The opposition politician has called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down for alleged corruption. Photo: Reuters
Imran Khan addresses his supporters at a rally in Islamabad on Sunday. The opposition politician has called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down for alleged corruption. Photo: Reuters

Imran Khan urges tax boycott in protest against Sharif govt

Leading opposition politician Imran Khan called on Pakistanis not to pay taxes or utility bills as a protest against the government of Nawaz Sharif, Reuters reported.

Addressing thousands of supporters at a rally in Islamabad on Sunday, Khan vowed to force “corrupt” Sharif to step down this week, the report said.

“After two days … your time is up,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Around 55,000 people occupied two streets in the center of the Pakistani capital Sunday as part of separate protests led by Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri.

Both men say they will stay in the streets until Sharif resigns. Qadri gave him a 48-hour ultimatum on Saturday night.

Barely a year after taking power in a democratic election, Sharif has struggled to overcome daily power cuts, a sluggish economy and a Taliban insurgency, the report noted. 

Khan, a former international cricket star, did not repeat a call for protesters to march on parliament, saying he did not want to provoke violence.

“We will go for civil disobedience and will not pay taxes or utility bills till the time Nawaz Sharif resigns,” he was quoted as saying.

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