PTI Supporters Flock to White House, Fear Khan's Life

May 28, 2023


PTI Supporters Flock to White House, Decry Lawlessness in Pakistan

Mahnoor Tariq

White House Khan

In a show of support for former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a large crowd of supporters gathered outside the White House on Sunday.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, addressing the crowd, expressed concerns that the upcoming elections might also be delayed. In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Khan criticized the lack of rule of law in Pakistan and claimed that more than 10,000 PTI workers had been arrested.

Supporters of Khan, arriving in two buses from Virginia, displayed their unwavering determination in front of the White House. They sang patriotic songs and chanted slogans. One song aimed to uplift the spirits of worried supporters amidst the crackdown on party workers, assuring them that better days would come. Notably, buses from other areas in and around Washington also transported PTI supporters, indicating the party’s growing popularity among the Pakistani-American community since Khan’s arrest. The dominant slogans at the White House gathering were “Pakistan Zindabad” (Long Live Pakistan) and “Imran Khan Zindabad” (Long Live Imran Khan), with no anti-military slogans observed, distinguishing this protest from previous ones.

COAS begins military trial:

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir announced on Saturday that the legal process of trial against those involved in the May 9 riots has commenced under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

The COAS made the remarks during an address to garrison officers and soldiers at Corps Headquarters. He paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country. Moreover, the COAS visited the vandalized Jinnah House and an attacked army installation.

Follow More: COAS Initiates Legal Proceedings Under Army Act for May 9 Riots

However, human rights activist groups and lawyers have expressed concerns. They are worried that these developments may lead to a lack of transparency in the investigation.

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