As widespread protests against the Imran Khan government has gripped Pakistan, the chants of 'Azadi' could be seen now reverberating in Lahore, with students chanting the slogan at the Faiz Literary Festival this week. In multiple videos that have now gained momentum on social media, students from Pakistan are seen demanding 'Azadi' from the Imran Khan government, the Pakistan Pakistan Police brutality, patriarchy and corruption in the country amongst others.
Pakistan students are scheduled to hold a solidarity march on November 29 against the Pakistani government, as widespread protests against Imran Khan have already overpowered the country. The protests led by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) party led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman have demanded the ousting of the "puppet" Prime Minister, over the charges of rigging elections and being installed by Pakistan's General Qamar Bajwa's military.
The Pakistani PM is also held responsible for leading the country to a floundering economy. Drowned in economic distress, thousands of protesters have taken the streets of Pakistan. While Imran Khan has agreed to accept most of their demands, he has refused to let go of him Prime Minister chair.
Pakistan's Bilawal Bhutto stated early this month that the Opposition will not bow before the "selector" or "dictator." He had also claimed to send back the Pakistani Prime Minister packing home by the end of 2019. The Azadi March commenced from the Sohrab Goth area of Karachi on October 27 with a huge show of strength by workers of many political parties such as PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and the Awami National Party (ANP).
The Pakistan government's biggest challenge was to save an economy facing a balance of severe payments crisis. Within the first eight months, Khan has made visits to long-time allies China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, securing some USD 9 billion in loans to shore up the economy.
But the economic woes persist as growth continues to be slow, the rupee plummeting and inflation rising beyond 10% Opposition parties have alleged that Khan, the 66-year-old cricketer-turned-politician won the 2018 general election with the tacit backing of the powerful military, which plays a dominant role in politics in Pakistan.