The political crisis is deepening in Pakistan. The mainstream opposition party, Tehreek e-Insaaf has decided to resign all seats in the national assembly, amid ongoing popular protests led by the party’s chief, Imran Khan.
Imran Khan’s Tehreek e-Insaaf Party is the third largest in Pakistan’s national assembly. Imran Khan along with cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad over the past several days. They want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and new elections to be held. They accuse Sharif of corruption and rigging last year’s elections. Imran Khan and Qadri have promised to keep up demonstrations until their demands are met. Qadri wants the government to meet the protesters’ demands before a deadline which expires tonight. The government has called for talks. However, the offer was ignored by Imran Khan and rejected by Qadri.