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Pak cleric leading anti-govt protest gives PM Imran two-day ultimatum to step down

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's hard-line cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday gave Prime Minister Imran Khan a two-day ultimatum to resign, saying the "Gorbachev of Pakistan" must step down without testing the patience of peaceful protestors.

Addressing a massive protest rally, dubbed 'Azadi March', held here to topple the incumbent government, Rehman said only people of Pakistan and not any "institution" had the right to govern the country.

The much-hyped rally led by the right-wing opposition leader's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) reached its final destination Islamabad on Thursday after it set off from the Sindh province and left Lahore on Wednesday.

Along with Rehman, leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and Awami National Party (ANP) participated in the march held to topple Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government led by Prime Minister Khan.

"The elections of 25 July were fraud elections. We neither accept the results nor the government that came into power after those electionsWe gave this government one year but now we cannot give them any more time," he said.

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First Published: Fri, November 01 2019. 20:40 IST