Pakistan govt bans protests in Islamabad, Imran Khan remains defiant

The Pakistan government on Thursday banned political rallies in the capital for two months, even as a defiant Imran Khan vowed to go ahead with his protest here next week demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. The district administration in the capital imposed section 144, banning public gatherings and display of weapons. According to a notification more than five people cannot gather at a location.

Public rallies and mass gatherings have been banned, Radio Pakistan reported.

The notification came ahead of the sit-in by Imran-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf planned for November 2. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is protesting alleged money laundering by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the wake of the Panama Papers leak and is demanding the Premier’s resignation.

Meanwhile, Islamabad High Court today ordered the opposition and government to abstain from shutting down the capital in the name of protest or maintaining law and order. The Islamabad High

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