We will not pay taxes, electricity or gas bills: Imran Khan, calls for 'Civil Disobedience Movement'
Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to be in more trouble as opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday declared a "civil disobedience movement" against the system.
Imran Khan, chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said "the country's future is bleak under the rule of businessmen".
Cleric Tahirul Qadri has already given a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign.
"I have called for the civil disobedience movement for you, not for myself. We will not pay taxes, electricity or gas bills," Mr Khan told his supporters while giving a speech which he described as the most important of his political career.
"I thought that if this rally heads towards the Prime Minister's House then they will clash with the police," and they (the police) will get killed which "I don't want", he said on the second day of his sit-in at Islamabad.
The PTI chief asserted that under the rule of "these businessmen who only want to make money for themselves, Pakistan's future is bleak."
Mr Khan's remarks were directed at Mr Sharif, one of the country's wealthiest persons and the owner of Ittefaq Group.
"There is only one way now, we will Kick off a civil disobedience campaign," Mr Khan said to raucous applause from thousands of his supporters, who have traveled from Lahore in his 'Azadi March' aimed at ousting Prime Minister Sharif, who won a landslide victory in the general election last year.
In the polls, Mr Sharif's PML-N had won 190 out of 342 seats. Mr Khan's PTI got 34 seats, the third largest bloc in the legislature. Imran Khan claimed that his party should have won many more seats but for the vote-rigging by Mr Sharif's PML-N.
Mr Khan said he will not be able to hold back his supporters if his demands are not met within two days.
He urged the crowd not to move ahead, because he has promised Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar that he and his supporters will not cross into the 'Red Zone' where the Parliament, the President and the Prime Minister's residences and embassies are located.
"Whoever tried to hold Nawaz accountable, he bought them off. Nawaz bought judges, the election commission last year and he tried buying off generals," Mr Khan alleged.
The cricketer-turned-politician, at the start of his speech, said, "I assure you that when I finish my speech, and if you do what I ask you to, then no one can stop a naya Pakistan from being made."
Undeterred by inclement weather and low turnouts, supporters of Mr Khan and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) headed by Mr Qadri continued their protests for a fourth day.