Khan’s followers are piled onto vans and automobiles within the convoy however many are additionally marching alongside on foot. It has been the apply of Khan’s group to ask a couple of journalists at a time onto the highest of the truck to talk to Khan.
Movies on social media present Naeem working alongside Khan’s truck to get an invitation onto the highest to talk to him. It’s unclear how she fell down and misplaced her life in Kamuke, one of many cities on the march’s path.
Khan went to Naeem’s dwelling in Lahore on Monday to convey his condolences. His allies, who rule Punjab province, the place the convoy is on the highway, have stated they may bear the residing prices and academic bills of her two kids, aged 17 and 21.
The favored opposition chief — Khan was a global cricket star earlier than changing into an Islamist politician — paused his march after Naeem’s dying amid widespread grief from her colleagues and politicians, who described her as brave and hard-working.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif additionally expressed his condolences to Naeem’s bereaved household, asserting a monetary donation of round $20,000 to her family members. She was the breadwinner for her household and had labored as a journalist for 12 years.
Khan’s rally started in Lahore on Friday when about 10,000 demonstrators left for Islamabad. The previous prime minister, ousted in a no-confidence vote within the parliament in April, has claimed he was toppled in a conspiracy, orchestrated by the USA and his successor — allegations that each Washington and Sharif have dismissed.
Khan’s newest problem to the federal government comes after Pakistan’s elections fee earlier this month disqualified him from holding public workplace for 5 years for allegedly promoting state items unlawfully and concealing belongings as premier.
Khan, who has challenged the disqualification, stated Monday he would sue Chief Election Commissioner Sikandara Raja, who was behind the choice, for calling him a “dishonest individual.”
In accordance with Fawad Chaudhry, a senior chief in Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf social gathering, the rallygoers will enter the capital on Friday to hunt early elections — a requirement Sharif’s authorities has already rejected, saying the subsequent vote might be held subsequent yr in response to schedule, in 2023.
The federal government has warned of motion if Khan’s rally turns violent. Khan himself hinted at a attainable flashpoint when the convoy reaches Islamabad, saying in a tweet Monday that he had seen a “revolution” previously six months.
“The ocean of individuals alongside our March on the GT Street. For six months I’ve been witnessing a revolution taking on the nation. Solely query is will or not it’s a delicate one via the poll field or a damaging one via bloodshed,” he tweeted.
Analysts say the march might current a big problem to the brand new administration. Khan’s supporters clashed with police in a earlier rally in Could, forcing Sharif to summon troops. Khan abruptly known as off his rally, saying he would return.
Ahmed reported from Islamabad.