Huge Rally Supports Pakistani Cricketer's Politics


Salon Staff
December 25, 2011 6:00PM (UTC)

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi.

Sunday's rally further cemented Khan's status as a rising force in Pakistani politics. The turnout was impressive because the event was held outside his traditional support base, Punjab province.

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Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and the capital of Sindh province.

Khan entered politics 15 years ago when he founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice Party, but he long struggled to attract support.

That changed when he drew over 100,000 people to a rally in the Punjabi capital of Lahore in October.

He has attracted several prominent politicians to his party since then.


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