Pakistan's ruling coalition on Monday staged a demonstration outside the Supreme Court to protest against some of the recent rulings of the judiciary which they said provided blanket relief to former prime minister Imran Khan in several cases.
Demonstrators, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have entered the Red Zone while the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has set up a stage in front of the Supreme Court, Dawn News reported.
PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman have joined PDM's sit-in outside the Supreme Court. The two leaders are expected to address the crowd gathered. PPP's Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has been advised against participating in the sit-in.
The PPP leadership had advised that it would be better if a party delegation participated in the PDM sit-in instead, Dawn reported.
PML-N’s official Twitter account showed the caravans of party leaders and workers reaching Islamabad for the protest.
Meanwhile, Khan urged all citizens to be ready for peaceful protests.
"So without any investigation into who was responsible for arson on a government building or dozens of deaths of unarmed protesters by bullet wounds, around 7000 PTI workers, leadership and our women have been jailed with plans to ban the largest and only federal party in Pak. Meanwhile, these goons are being facilitated by our security agencies to take over the SC and subvert the constitution. All citizens be ready for peaceful protests as once the constitution and Supreme Court are destroyed, it is the end of the Pak dream." Khan tweeted. Khan had been arrested on May 9 in relation to the Al-Qadir Trust case. Protests erupted throughout the country following Khan's arrest.
-- With PTI inputs