ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A prominent Pakistani Islamic party leader has vowed to continue his protest against Prime Minister Imran Khan after he ignored a 48-hour ultimatum to step down.
The renowned cleric, Fazlur Rahman, who leads the Association of Muslim Scholars, has promised to continue the protest against Khan, saying he is continuing to talk to the government, and protests will not stop unless all opposition parties agree.
He added: “These rulers must go, must recognize the rights of the crowd.”
It is unclear how long Fazal-ur-Rehman intends to keep his supporters in the capital, Islamabad, where they have set up a sit-in camp at a site designated for action.
Fazal-ur-Rehman has launched a protest movement in recent days, culminating in his arrival on Thursday night in the capital at the head of tens of thousands of his supporters to demand the resignation of Imran Khan.
On Friday he announced he would give the government 48 hours to step down.
Fazalur Rahman accused Pakistan's prime minister of taking power last year with the support of the army, which has ruled the country for more than 30 years.
Khan and the military deny the accusations, which have increased since the July 2018 election.
Khan had condemned the protest movement, which he described as “blackmail”. But the Islamabad authorities took the protest action seriously, deployed security forces and blocked roads leading to the embassies in the capital.