Imran Khan does 50 push-ups as prep for Nov 2 protest

Imran Khan had vowed to bring millions of people out onto the streets to agitate against prevailing corruption and Panama Papers' revelations about his family's offshore wealth.

In what appears to be “proving his strength” for anti-government protest, Pakistan’s cricket-turn-politician Imran Khan on Monday did 50 push-ups as a warm-up to the massive anti-government protest he and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party have planned for November 2.

Saying that the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be very afraid, the official Twitter handle also tweeted out a video. “Training his tigers! Be very scared Nawaz sharif… Ready, get set go,” the tweet read.

Amid PTI members who were cheering for him, the former cricketer started doing push-ups. When he hit the 30th push-ups, he paused for a while and tell the crowd that he still isn’t tired. Later, he paused as many party members urged him to continue with them.

A Pakistan High Court had granted permission to Imran Khan to hold November 2 protests against the Nawaz Sharif government. The court, however, warned that demonstrations should not disrupt life for citizens, according to media reports.

The former Pakistani cricketer had vowed to bring millions of people out onto the streets to agitate against prevailing corruption and Panama Papers’ revelations about his family’s offshore wealth.

On Monday, police had fired tear gas to scatter hundred anti-government protesters heading for Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, after a court cleared the way for opposition politician Imran Khan to hold the mass protest this week.

Crowd approaching roadblocks amid clouds of tear gas as night fell near the town of Swabi, about 70 km (44 miles) from Islamabad, on a highway linking the capital to the northwestern city of Peshawar. Police had set up roadblocks on major roads on Monday morning, particularly those from Khan’s political heartland of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, ruled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court dismissed government challenges to Wednesday’s protests, but ordered Khan to hold the demonstration on a parade ground far from the city’s main government and commercial districts, Geo Television reported.