As he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack, Pakistan’s former premier said his party was quitting the country’s regional and national assemblies.
The no-confidence vote against Khan was taken place in April.
He is now in the opposition and has been demanding early elections, claiming his ousting was illegal and orchestrated by the Prime Minister.
The government can help. The current government says the next elections will be held in 2023, despite the allegations.
As part of his campaign for early polls, Khan launched a protest march from the eastern city of Lahore toward Islamabad but stepped down from personally leading the convoy after he was wounded by a man who opened fire on his vehicle.
One of Khan’s supporters was killed and 13 others were wounded in an attack. The man who was the leader of the group was arrested.
Khan joined the protest march on Saturday night in the city of Rawalpindi. He told tens of thousands of his cheering supporters that their party was leaving all regional and national assemblies and getting out of the corrupt system.
Leaving the Punjab assembly would give power to his rivals in the northwest province of Khan’s stronghold. The politician spoke for more than an hour and included references to the fall of the Soviet Union and the 7th-century Shiite leader, Imam Hussain.
At the end of his speech, he changed his mind and said that his party would win the elections. He said he would not march in the capital anymore.
The government can call as many police as they want, but they can’t stop the hundreds of thousands of people from entering the capital.
I didn’t want there to be anarchy in the country so I decided against marching on Islamabad. He said that he would announce the timing of the exit when he met his chief ministers and parliamentary party.
The rally came days after the appointment of a new army chief, Asim Munir, who ran the country’s spy agency during Khan’s term in office, but was fired without an explanation from the then-premier.
Gen was replaced by a man named Munir. Qamar Bajwa has been accused by Khan of being involved in his ousting. Bajwa doesn’t deny the allegation.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari described Khan’s Saturday night rally as a “facesaving flopshow.