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Solidarity with Imran Khan in Sydney

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) NSW branch conducted a peaceful demonstration on 12 February at the Town Hall Sydney.

Australian Pakistani diaspora from all walks of life joined this peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the people of Pakistan against the human rightsviolation and for freedom of expression in Pakistan.

The democratically elected Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed in April 2022 after losing a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Imran Khan oversaw a new era (Naya Pakistan) for his nation with an independent foreign policy that distanced the country from the United States.

Pakistan the only nuclear-armed Muslim nation withworld’s second-largest Muslim population has been struggling for political stability for many decadesstrangled by foreign interference and military coups.  People of Pakistan voted Imran Khan to power hoping for a stable and safer nation despite soaring inflation and rift between Khan’s government and the military brass. People of Pakistan tired of military interference and corrupt political elites which systematically pushedthe nation backward.

Imran Khan was ousted by two rival political dynastiesknown for their corrupt practices: Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Nawaz Sheriff‘s (who controls from overseas) Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and Maulana Diesel joined together with the approval of top military power-brokers and some external actors.

Political analyst and columnist Secunder Kermani says that Imran Khan “a national hero from his cricketing days, he transformed into a charismatic politician and, after years of struggle, managed to supplant the two rival established political dynasties that had dominated Pakistan for decades.”

Imran Khan claimed “there was a US-led conspiracy to remove him because of his refusal to stand with Washington on issues against Russia and China”.  And Khan’s famous absolutely not statement in 2021 translates what is happening now in Pakistan. Imran Khan wanted to establish an independent foreign policy to strengthen the nation which had been dragged into America’s ‘War on terror’ that cost Pakistan more than $150 bn in losses and according to Brown University report, resulting in the death of half a million people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After illegally removed Imran Khan, ongoing violation of human rights continued to take place in Pakistan.Under false charges Khan’s supporters, media personals and political activists were arrested. The peaceful demonstrators in Sydney demanded a public inquiry from Retired General Qamar Bajwa on his action to remove the popularly elected government of Imran Khan. People remonstrated that they had no confidence in the current regime and any internal inquiry is not acceptable.

The demonstrators further condemned arbitrary detention of media personal Imran Riaz, illegal detention of Senator Azam Swati, Fawad Ch, Sheikh Rasheed and Shahbaz Gill who spoke against the corrupt leadership of current establishment.

In Sydney individual demonstrators anonymously said that the Australian Pakistani diaspora would continue to support Imran Khan’s fight against the corrupt leadership and their establishment. Sydney based solicitor Khurram Shahzad represented PTI NSW and addressed the crowd.

Written by Hanif Bismi

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