Supporters of Pakistan’s former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e Insan (PTI) chief Imran Khan blocked roads near the capital on Tuesday, disrupting traffic and forcing the closure of educational institutions in anti-government rallies to protest an assassination attempt on their leader.

According to Reuters, the former cricket star was ousted as prime minister last April after losing a vote of confidence in the country’s parliament. Since then he has been pushing for general elections in Pakistan. Long March has called for early elections. He was shot at the Long March rally last Thursday. He is now somewhat recovered.

The country’s police officer Yawar Ali said, ‘It is very difficult for people to go to work. Families are stuck in traffic for hours. We even got reports that the protesters were not letting the ambulances go.’

Shahbaz Sharif, Imran’s successor as prime minister, rejected his demand for fresh elections. 22 crore people are in trouble due to the current political deadlock in Pakistan. Political instability has been created across the country.

Imran Khan’s supporters started protesting on main roads around Islamabad on Monday midnight. They blockaded Islamabad’s international airport and the highways connecting the capital to the cities of Lahore and Peshawar. They were also seen setting up protest camps across the road by burning tyres.

In this situation, the government has ordered to close all the state and private schools of the country for one day.

Imran Khan started a long-march protest rally from Lahore to the capital Islamabad on October 28.

Last Thursday, a man waved at the crowd from a container mounted on a truck in Wazirabad city of Punjab province and fired several shots at him. 10 people including Imran Khan were injured in the incident. A worker of the party was also killed.

Police arrested the suspected gunman.

Imran’s party announced on Monday that the march will resume on Thursday from the place where it was attacked and Imran Khan will de facto lead it.

The country has been in political turmoil at a time when the entire country has been inundated by severe floods. According to the government, the floods have caused an estimated economic loss of 30 billion dollars.

(8 November)