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Imran Khan supporters hold anti-government protest in Islamabad

Nasir Kazmi

Press TV, Islamabad

Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and lawmakers from the Tehreek-i-Insaf party held a rally in the capital Islamabad against what they called “government’s US-backed policies”.

Since being removed from power through a no-confidence vote in April, Imran Khan has heaped pressure on the country's fragile new coalition government by staging mass rallies demanding fresh elections.

Holding responsible Pakistan’s coalition government for rising inflation and unrest, the protesters condemned what they called government crackdown on media supporting the former PM’s “anti-US narrative”.

Some analysts believe Imran Khan has managed to pressurize the government with his anti-US narrative. However, it is estimated that the current political setup will complete its tenure and general elections would be held at a scheduled time.

The government says Imran Khan and his allies want to destabilize Pakistan by creating a chaotic situation, adding it would complete its constitutional term and elections would be held next year.

Pakistanis have now a divided view on friendship with the US. with some terming it mandatory for national interest and others calling it an obstacle to national sovereignty. Whenever the general elections are held, US ties will be a key issue for a political party that will be in power.

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