The Shut Down Continues: The March on Islamabad (Dispatch 5)

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As the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar continues to rock Pakistan, VICE News filmed the final days of opposition leader Imran Khan’s continuing struggle against the government.

As the leader of the country’s opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), Khan had called for a series of demonstrations and city-wide shut downs to protest against the legitimacy of the 2013 election of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Having previously rallied in the industrial city of Faisalabad on December 8, his next target was Karachi, leading up to a proposed nationwide shutdown that was called for on December 18 and which, due to recent events, has been abandoned.

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Shutting Down Pakistan: The March on Islamabad (Dispatch 4)

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After more than 100 days of ongoing protests in Pakistan, Imran Khan, the leader of the country’s opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), has called on his supporters to “shut down” every major city. Khan promises to have the country on lockdown by December 18 in an effort to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office unless his government allows an independent commission to audit the 2013 election results, which Khan insists are fraudulent.

VICE News was at a recent PTI protest in Faisalabad, a major industrial center, as tensions escalated and clashes broke out between Khan’s followers and pro-government supporters.

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