Supporters of Pakistan's Imran Khan block roads in new protest

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[1/5] People respond arsenic constabulary usage teardrop state to disperse them during a protestation to condemn the shooting incidental connected a agelong march held by Pakistan's erstwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan successful Wazirabad, successful Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Waseem Khan

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Supporters of erstwhile Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blocked roads adjacent the superior connected Tuesday, disrupting postulation and forcing schools to close, arsenic they protested against a bid to assassinate their person astatine a caller anti-government rally.

The erstwhile cricket star, who has been pressing for a wide predetermination since helium was ousted arsenic premier curate aft losing a assurance ballot successful parliament successful April, was changeable astatine the rally past Thursday. He is recovering from limb wounds.

"People are uncovering it precise hard to spell to work," said constabulary authoritative Yawar Ali. "Families person been stuck successful the postulation for hours. We've adjacent got reports that the protesters person not fto ambulances pass."

Khan's successor arsenic premier minister, Shehbaz Sharif, has rejected his request for caller polls and the deadlock has stoked instability successful the nuclear-armed state of 220 cardinal people.

Khan's supporters began their protests connected large roads astir Islamabad precocious connected Monday. They person blocked the road to Islamabad's planetary airdrome and the ones linking the superior to the cities of Lahore and Peshawar.

Television footage showed Khan's supporters burning tyres arsenic they acceptable up protestation camps crossed roads.

The authorities ordered each authorities and backstage schools to unopen for the day, according to an bid seen by Reuters.

Khan, 70, launched what is known arsenic a long-march protestation rally from Lahore to the superior connected Oct. 28.

He was waving to the assemblage from a instrumentality mounted connected a motortruck successful Wazirabad metropolis successful Punjab state past Thursday erstwhile a antheral fired respective shots astatine him.

Khan was among 10 wounded people. One enactment idiosyncratic was killed.

Police person arrested the suspected shooter.

Khan's enactment announced precocious connected Monday that the march would resume connected Thursday astatine the spot wherever Khan was attacked, and helium would pb it virtually.

The governmental hostility comes arsenic Pakistan is grappling with economical turmoil exacerbated by caller flooding that the authorities estimates caused economical losses worthy $30 billion.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Robert Birsel

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