Pakistani Capital Bans Political Gatherings

Authorities in Pakistan have banned all political gatherings and street rallies in the capital city in a bid to discourage next week’s planned anti-government march here.

The ban will remain in force for two months to prevent “unlawful assemblies … which are likely to threaten public peace and tranquility” in the city, according to an interior ministry statement issued Thursday.

Activists and supporters of the opposition political party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan have vowed to converge on Islamabad on November 2 and lock down the capital until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

Sharif has been under public pressure and criticism since early this year, when his family members were named as holders of offshore bank accounts in leaked financial documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

The prime minister has since defended his financial record through speeches in parliament and on national television, rejecting charges of any financial wrongdoing

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