Imran Khan calls for ‘real democracy’ in Pakistan following Sharif dismissal

Pakistan’s opposition leader, Imran Khan, has called for a future of “real democracy” in the country, following the dismissal of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister over corruption charges.

“We are thankful to the judiciary because with their judgment, they brought us a new hope,” Khan told a gathering of thousands of supporters on Sunday.

The rally in Islamabad was a triumphant celebration for the heartthrob-cricketer-turned-populist-politician, who, since last year, has led a campaign to oust Sharif.

Friday’s ruling by Pakistan’s highest court disrupted what had otherwise looked like a smooth path to next year’s election for Sharif’s PML-N party.

Former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will most likely be approved as interim prime minister on Tuesday, at a special session in the 342-member parliament, where the ruling PML-N party holds a strong majority.

Abbasi will hold the position for less than two months, until Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of

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