Police used tear gas to disperse supporters of former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan who had blocked roads in Islamabad on Friday (Nov. 4), a day after he survived what his aides said was an assassination attempt.
Khan’s supporters staged nationwide protests on Friday, blocking key roads in major cities and sometimes clashing with security forces.
“Now they have attacked Khan, and given (Party) workers the impression that the Red Line has been crossed. Now we are not going to make any allowances of any kind for any one,” said Qasim Shah, an activist of Khan’s PTI party.
Khan’s party called for the protests to continue until its demand for political change in Pakistan is met, a close Khan aide said.
Khan was shot in the leg on Thursday (Nov. 3) as he waved to crowds from a truck-mounted container from which he was leading a protest march on the capital, Islamabad, to press for early elections and the resignation of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
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Protesters also blocked roads in the north-western city of Peshawar and in Karachi in the south.
In the eastern city of Lahore, where Khan is undergoing treatment, groups of protesters numbering hundreds in 10 separate locations burnt tyres and blocked major roads.
They also gathered outside the fortified office of the Punjab provincial governor and pelted the gate with stones, destroying security cameras and barriers, witnesses said.
Supporters said the march on Islamabad had to continue.
Production: Mohammad Zia, Salahuddin, Sheree Sardar.