Tens of thousands rally against Pakistani government

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KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied on Sunday in the city of Karachi as part of a campaign to oust Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged 2018 election.

Nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last month to begin a nationwide agitation against the government.

“We’ve come together to protect and rescue the people of Pakistan,” said Maryam Nawaz, the daughter and political heir of the former three-time premier Nawaz Sharif.

“If this government is allowed to complete its term, that will destroy this country,” she told reporters before joining the rally.

The protest campaign comes at a time when Pakistan is facing economic crisis, with inflation touching double digits and negative growth.

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