ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — On Thursday, thousands of anti-government protesters in Pakistan’s capital came to demand that the government step down, piling up more pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan as he tries to get the fragile economy on track.
The protests are being coordinated by Fazl-ur-Rehman, the leader of one of Pakistan’s largest religious groups, who says cricketer-turned-politician Khan’s government is incompetent and unconstitutional and was imposed by the military after last year’s rigged election.
In Islamabad, schools and some offices were closed as the protesters made their way from Lahore’s eastern city. They should have arrived later in the day.
Police reinforced checkpoints and added additional barriers, including shipping containers to block roads and fence off the city’s administrative and diplomatic center.