In Pakistan, cleric-cum-politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman threatened to lock down the entire country as a deadline set by him calling for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation expired last night.
Mr Rehman, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), addressed a mammoth protest rally in Islamabad at the end of the two-day deadline. He had led a caravan of supporters, dubbed the ‘Azadi’ March, to Islamabad last week in an attempt to pressure Imran Khan to step down.
Mr Rehman stressed that the protest would continue until the objective was achieved. He said that the ongoing protest was part of plan A and he had a plan B and C and would make a decision about continuing the sit-in in Islamabad or expand it. He announced that he was planning to meet other Opposition leaders today to take a consensus decision about any future course of action.