ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s embassy in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday asked Pakistani nationals to refrain from holding protest demonstrations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and indulging in “out of context” activities on social media.
Khan last month became the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted through a no-confidence vote in parliament. Since his ouster, hundreds of expats have been holding demonstrations in his favor in their respective countries of residence, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Seeking fresh elections in the country, the ousted prime minister recently announced an anti-government march to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on May 25 and asked supporters in different parts of Pakistan to rally behind him.
“This is to bring to the notice of all Pakistanis in the UAE that as per local laws, any kind of procession or protest is illegal,” the Pakistani embassy said in statement on Tuesday.
“It is also informed that misuse and out of context activity on social media is also prohibited.”
The embassy advised all Pakistani expats to abide by the local laws and refrain from indulging in any such activity.
The Pakistani government has banned Khan’s protest march to Islamabad, Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced at a news briefing on Tuesday, hours after a policeman was shot and killed during a crackdown on Khan’s supporters across the country.
An official of Khan’s party had shot and killed the policeman when police visited his house, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said, adding the accused and his father had been arrested.