A defiant Mr. Imran Khan has vowed not to step down as the Pakistan Prime Minister despite the Opposition mounting pressure on him and dismissed the next week's planned mega sit-in as agenda-driven, saying it has sent a wave of joy in India.
The Azadi March in Islamabad on October 31 will be led by Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief, Mr. Fazlur Rehman. All major Opposition parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Peoples Party of former president Asif Ali Zardari have announced their support.
Mr. Fazl has demanded Mr. Khan's resignation, alleging that the election held in July, 2018 was rigged to help his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Geo News reported that in a meeting with journalists and analysts, said he sees a conspiracy behind Mr. Fazl's protest which he said is driven by a certain agenda. 'There is no question of my resignation and I will not resign. Dharna is agenda-based, and it has foreign support,' he was quoted as saying in the report.
Mr. Khan was of the view that the JUI-F's plan to protest has sent a wave of joy in India. ``I don't understand what Maulana's (Fazl) problem is. I don't understand the agenda of the opposition,' he said.