Pakistan embassy in UAE warn citizens not to protest after Imran Khan ousting fallout

Pakistan embassy in UAE warn citizens not to protest after Imran Khan ousting fallout
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25 May, 2022
The Embassy of Pakistan in the UAE has warned its citizens in the Gulf nation against protesting, after demonstrations took place in other countries against the ouster of former PM Imran Khan
Hundreds took to the streets in Dubai in support of Khan last month [Getty]

The Embassy of Pakistan in the UAE on Tuesday advised its citizens based in the Gulf country not to take part in any protests.

The warning came weeks after the removal of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan from office last month, after he lost a parliamentary no-confidence vote.

The former leader’s ousting lead to widespread protests in Pakistan and around the world, with demonstrators accusing the parties who removed Khan of corruption.

“As per local laws, any kind of procession of protest is illegal. It is also informed that misuse and out of context activity on social media is also prohibited,” the Embassy said in a statement.

“All Pakistanis are advised to abide by the local laws and refrain from involving in any such activity,” the statement added.

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The embassy made a similar warning last month, telling Pakistani citizens that “anyone breaking the law “is bound to face serious legal consequences” after hundreds took to the streets in Dubai in support of Khan.

Protests are a rare sight in the UAE, where migrants who stage rallies have previously faced deportation.

Khan has repeatedly alleged that he was removed by a foreign-backed conspiracy, claiming  the US worked behind the scenes to bring him down over his independent foreign policy choices, which often favour China and Russia.

The US State Department has denied the allegations and Khan’s opponents have blamed him for failing to revive Pakistan’s economy and tackle corruption.