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What's Next As Anti-Government Protests Expand Across Pakistan

PAKISTAN -- Supporters of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam, gather as they reach their final destination of protest match, in Islamabad, November 1, 2019

Recent weeks in Pakistan have seen the emergence of a new anti-government movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Led by politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the movement, known as the Azadi March, arrived in Islamabad late last month.

Rehman has recently announced that the movement will end its sit-in in Islamabad and focus its efforts outside of the capital. What is the Azadi March all about, what are its implications for Pakistani politics, how much of a threat does it pose to the Pakistani government, and what might be coming next?

These questions and more are discussed in the latest edition of The AfPak File, the joint podcast series of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Daud Khattak, senior editor for RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal; Mehr Tarar, a political commentator and columnist based in Lahore; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, joined the discussion.

RFE/RL media manager Muhammad Tahir moderated the debate.

What's Next As Anti-Govt Protests Set To Expand Across Pakistan
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