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At the Pakistan Mega Rally, PM Imran Khan Claimed Foreign Conspiracy To Replace Him

Local police officials put the total number of participants up to 20,000.

Islamabad:

Thousands of Pakistanis gathered in the capital Islamabad on Sunday to gather behind the country’s besieged Prime Minister Imran Khan who faced a no-confidence vote in parliament.

The former cricket star has been accused by the opposition of economic and foreign policy mismanagement in the most serious challenge to his leadership since coming to power in 2018.

Political analysts said Mr Khan had lost vital support of the country’s powerful military, while a number of lawmakers from Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party said they would defect.

Speaking at a rally attended by besieged supporters from across the country, PM Khan claimed he was the subject of a “foreign conspiracy” aimed at ousting his government and that “funding was channeled to Pakistan from abroad”.

“We have been threatened in writing but we will not compromise in the national interest,” he said, without offering evidence or details.

Local police officials put the total number of participants up to 20,000.

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Local police officials put the total number of participants up to 20,000.

There is a tight security presence in the capital, with opposition parties also planning rallies in the city next week.

Khan was elected after promising to eradicate corruption and cronyism for decades, but the opposition accused him of launching a witch hunt against his opponents.

Voted by voters fed up with the two -party dynasty that has dominated Pakistani politics since independence, he has struggled to maintain support, with soaring inflation, a weak rupee and crippling debt.

A no -confidence motion has been tabled in the Senate, with several days of debate expected to begin next week before the vote.

The opposition needs a simple majority to topple PM Khan, after which a new prime minister will be elected by parliament.

But the horse trade is common in Pakistani politics and the rebels could return to their laps.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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