2022 Azadi march

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2022 Azadi march
Part of 2020–2022 Pakistani political crises
Date25 May 2022 (2022-05-25) – 26 May 2022
Location
 Pakistan Countrywide followed by marches to Islamabad, also Demonstrations by Pakistani communities in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Italy and many other countries
Caused by
Goals
MethodsProtesters:

Government and its supporters:

StatusInconclusive
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
Shahbaz Sharif (PML-N)
Rana Sanaullah (PML-N)
Maryam Nawaz (PML-N)
Supported by
Asif Ali Zardari (PPP)
Mahmood Khan Achakzai (PkMAP)
Fazal-ur-Rehman (JUI-F)
Imran Khan (PTI) Supported by
Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad (AML)
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (PML-Q)
Raja Nasir Abbas (MWM)
Pir Pagaro (GDA)

The 2022 Pakistani Long march (or Haqiqi Azadi March; Urdu: ۲۰۲۲ء حقیقی آزادی مارچ, lit.'The Complete Freedom march') was a protest march initiated by the ousted former Pakistani prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chairman Imran Khan against the government of his successor, Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif. On 24 May 2022, Khan announced a long march towards Islamabad starting on 25 May 2022.[2]

Imran Khan asked people to reach the Srinagar Highway in Islamabad to support his demands for early elections. His workers would stay in Islamabad as required, for their only demand would be to give a date for a clean and transparent general elections and to dissolve assemblies.[3] Addressing the bureaucracy and the police, Khan said it would be illegal for them to take any action against the "peaceful protest". Addressing the Pakistan Army, he said "if you are neutral then be neutral too".[4][5] It was expected that the protest would involve around 2 million workers marching to Islamabad and that they would remain there until the election is declared. The protesters, led by Imran Khan, aim to hold a sit-in at D-Chowk in Islamabad until the date for the dissolution of assemblies and a date for new general elections is announced.[6] Imran Khan gave a six-day ultimatum to the government to declare elections and dissolve assemblies.[7]

Background[edit]

In April 2022, Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister by a no-confidence motion, which he called a conspiracy of regime change initiated by the US government's Biden administration. After his ouster, Khan pressured the government to hold early elections.[8]

March[edit]

On 22 May, he called for his supporters to march to Islamabad on 25 May and said he would personally lead the Haqiqi Azadi ("complete freedom") march from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the Srinagar Highway.[9][10][11]

Hundreds of potential marchers were arrested in an alleged crackdown by the new Government of Pakistan.[12] To prevent protestors from reaching the Srinagar Highway and entering the capital, hundreds of containers were given to the Islamabad Police and a ban was placed on gatherings.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imran Khan accuses Biden administration for being involved in 'regime change conspiracy'". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  2. ^ Sirajuddin, Dawn com (22 May 2022). "PTI's long march to Islamabad on May 25: Imran Khan". DAWN.COM.
  3. ^ "Islamabad braces for PTI's long march as crackdown intensifies". The Express Tribune. 24 May 2022.
  4. ^ "PTI long march on Wednesday: Imran warns bureaucracy, police against creating hurdles".
  5. ^ "Imran starts long march for 'real freedom' on 25th". 23 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Imran says long march towards Islamabad to take place in last week of May". DAWN.COM. 30 April 2022.
  7. ^ read0, DJ Kamal MustafaPakistan 0 1 min (26 May 2022). "Haqiqi Azadi March: Imran Khan gave 6 days ultimatum to government". EMEA TRIBUNE Breaking News, World News, Latest News, Top Headlines. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Imran Khan accuses Biden administration for being involved in 'regime change conspiracy'". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  9. ^ "PTI Chairman Imran Khan announces long march, says will arrive in Islamabad on May 25". www.thenews.com.pk.
  10. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pakistans-defiant-ex-premier-calls-for-march-on-islamabad/2022/05/22/29e020e6-d9db-11ec-bc35-a91d0a94923b_story.html[dead link]
  11. ^ "Ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls for march on Islamabad". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Pakistan: Khan's party alleges hundreds arrested ahead of march". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Youth's responsibility to remove obstacles tomorrow: Imran". DAWN.COM. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 25 May 2022. To prevent the marchers from entering the capital, hundreds of containers have been provided to Islamabad police while a ban has been imposed on gatherings under Section 144 (power to issue order absolute at once in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.