Protests could get violent
Around 20,000 police are expected to be deployed today as supporters of former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan march on Islamabad in anti-government protests.
The protests are over suspected vote rigging in last year’s general election and especially in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s own constituency. The Prime Minister has agreed to establish a Supreme Court investigation into the allegations but the march is going ahead with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) alleging that the courts are colluding with the government.
The so called ‘Azadi March’ will go from Lahore to Islamabad. The march is expected to get violent.
Today is also Pakistan’s Independence Day and as such a public holiday.