Former prime minister and PTI leader Imran Khan on Friday urged his workers and supporters — particularly the youth — to register their protests tonight, adding that he now expects the Supreme Court to play its role in light of Hamza Shehbaz's shock win over Parvez Elahi in Punjab CM election.

"I am in shock at what happened in the Punjab Assembly," he said referring to Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari's ruling to not count PML-Q votes — a decision that reduced PTI-backed Parvez EIahi's votes from 186 to 176 and handed him a shocking defeat.

"Last night, Asif Zardari reached Lahore. We knew that he had to play a game. For 30 years, he has ruined the country. He buys democracy through black money."

Repeat of Sindh House

Imran said the developments of the day were similar to what was allegedly done prior to his ouster from the top office.

"This circus that we are seeing, it first happened in the Sindh House," he referred to him losing his party MNAs ahead of the no-confidence move in March. "A mandi (market) was set up. Our children were seeing it. Every child has social media these days. There was a market set up where the price of the conscience of public leaders and parliamentarians was ascertained.

"The way goats and sheep are sold ... the same way members of the parliament were being sold. Even there, the biggest culprit was the biggest dacoit Asif Zardari. He has gone to jail and still rules over Sindh. He became the part of an imported conspiracy".

"I am telling the nation today. You have to do peaceful protest. Until and unless you do that, nothing will happen. Register your protest. You have to tell that we are humans, and not sheep. Register your protest today so that they know the Pakistani nation is alive. Tell them that you wont let these dacoits steal the mandate of the public."

Hussain's letter 'invalid', Mazari has 'no shame'

Commenting on Mazari's contentious ruling, Imran said: "It has clearly been written in Article 63-A that the parliamentary party's head issues instructions for vote. Shujaat Hussain's letter is not valid.

"This man who is the speaker (Mazari) has no shame that votes have been cast and we have won and then he goes and awards the win to someone else.

Imran, whose party has decided to challenge the deputy speaker's ruling in the Supreme Court, also addressed the top judiciary in his address.

"I also want to urge the Supreme court that things are clear in front of you. I have done jihad against Zardari and Sharifs for years. I was pressured to give them NRO but I refused. Both of them looted the country," he said.

"Until and unless we bring these dacoits under the rule of law, there is no future for this country. Remember that our children are seeing this."

Following Imran's call, party supporters and activists took to the streets in various cities including Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi protesting against the triumph of Hamza in the Punjab CM election through "unfair means".

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