Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, tweeted about his appreciation for Pakistani citizens after protests gripped the nation ever since he was ousted on Sunday morning.
A petition, headed by the leader of the opposition Shahbaz Sharif, was submitted to the country’s Supreme Court in order to get Khan removed from leadership. Though he tried his best to block the motion by dissolving parliament and calling for a snap election, the Court rejected his attempts and branded the move as “unconstitutional.”
The outcome of the no-confidence vote, 22 of which came from his own party, meant that Khan was subsequently removed from power after serving 3 years in the position.
Taking to Twitter just hours after the result, the 69-year-old said: “Pakistan became an independent state in 1947; but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty & democracy.”
Massive protests have erupted all around the county in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Khan later reposted the sight of thousands of fans chanting his name and thanked Pakistani citizens for their “amazing outpouring of support and emotions,” adding that the regime change was “abetted by local Mir Jafars to bring into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail.
“Shows Pakistanis at home & abroad have emphatically rejected this,” he concluded.
Passionate fans took to the comment section of the tweet to vocalise their support for the 69-year-old.
“We are with you. Entire pakistan is with you. We will be with you and make this country a beautiful place for our children. Allah has blessed you with this عزت and Allah will give you the طاقت to lead this country into what Jinnah dreamed about,” wrote one user.
“Actually we are thankful to you for making us a proud nation, by raising our voices in the speakers of [the] white house. You lost the No Confidence vote but won our hearts,” wrote another.
Protests have not been limited to just Pakistan though.
In the United Kingdom, the capital city of London has seen a large-scale protest in which supporters gathered to slam the regime change as “unjust.”
The protest, which took place in Hyde Park right outside the home of former PM, Nawaz Sharif, played host to fans calling for Imran Khan to be re-instated and vowed not to support any new “imported” government which may be put in place in the next few hours.
As this continues in the West, back over in Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.