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‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan raised against Pakistan Army after Imran Khan’s ouster | Watch

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: Thousands of supporters of Imran Khan on Sunday (April 10, 2022) took to the streets across various cities in Pakistan to protest against his removal from the post of the prime minister through a no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition.

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Protest rallies were organised in the national capital Islamabad and cities like Karachi, Peshawar, Malakand, Multan Khanewal, Khyber, Jhang and Quetta, with demonstrators shouting slogans against the Opposition.

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At one of the rallies addressed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Punjab province, the “chowkidar chor hai” slogan was also heard which reportedly was used to protest against the Pakistan Army.

According to reports, the protestors referred to the Army as “chowkidar” and called them “thieves” which was “stealing” Imran Khan’s mandate. In the video shared by Sheikh Rashid on his official Twitter account, he was seen trying to stop the protestors from raising the slogan against the country’s Army.

“Don`t raise slogans… we will fight with peace,” he said.

Highlighting the National Assembly’s mid-night decision to oust Imran Khan, Rashid said, “If you want to save your country then don`t take a decision in the dark of night but in daylight.”

“On 29/4 there will be Eid. Be ready we will take the jail bharo movement from Lal Haveli daily. I myself will take it from Karachi,” he said, adding that he “will tell all the Sindhis that they (then opposition) are thieves, docents and robbers.”

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It is noteworthy that the voting on the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan-led PTI government began in the country’s National Assembly late on Saturday night where 174 members recorded their votes in favour of the resolution that ousted the cricketer-turned-politician.

On Sunday, the PTI took out rallies in Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and several other cities with demonstrators shouting slogans against the Opposition.

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Earlier, Khan said that his ouster marked the beginning of a “freedom struggle” against what he called a “foreign conspiracy of regime change”. In a bid to galvanise his supporters, the ousted PM said “it is always the people who protected their own sovereignty and democracy”.

“Pakistan became an independent state in 1947; but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty & democracy,” he said in another Tweet.

The National Assembly session to elect the new prime minister will be held at 2.00pm on Monday. Nomination papers of Pakistan joint opposition candidate Shehbaz Sharif and PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been approved for the race. Sharif, with numbers on his side, is most likely to become the next Prime Minister of the country.

Shehbaz Sharif, who led a bid by the opposition in parliament to topple Imran Khan, is widely expected to replace him.

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