▲ Up
 
21:18 21-11-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Pakistan arrests 147 in Punjab towns as protests in capital continue
World | society | 15:21, 19 August 2014 | 657

AKIPRESS.COM - arrest As twin protests in Islamabad entered a fifth day on Tuesday, Pakistan police said they had arrested some 150 supporters of protest leaders overnight in Punjab province in a crackdown ahead of widening demonstrations in the capital.

Opposition leader Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have led tens of thousands of supporters from Punjab to Islamabad in a bid to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom they accuse of rigging elections and corruption, Reuters reports.

The protests have piled extra pressure on the 15-month-old civilian government already struggling to overcome high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency.

The protests have raised questions over the political stability of Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people with a history of coups.

Police in Punjab, Pakistan's wealthiest and most populous province, arrested 147 supporters of Khan and Qadri overnight to prevent them joining the protests in Islamabad, said Inspector Rana Hussain in the central town of Sargodha.

Khan, a former international cricket star, said on Monday he would lead protesters into the capital's "Red Zone", an area home to Western embassies and key government ministries, on Tuesday.

The government has previously said protesters are not allowed to enter the area. It is flooded with riot police and paramilitary forces and cordoned off with shipping containers and barbed wire.

The government has not said whether Khan would be able to proceed to the Red Zone or not.

Qadri has said he will meet his supporters later on Tuesday to consider whether to march alongside Khan. Their protests have so far remained separate because the two have different supporters and plans for what should happen if Sharif steps down.

LATEST NEWS
17:41 Kyrgyzstani scientist participates in Salzburg Medical Seminars in Austria16:58 Tajik customs officers halt illegal transportation of 5 tons of coal from Kyrgyzstan16:52 Lawmakers hold visiting session on identification of livestock16:42 Russia reports radioactivity 986 times the norm after nuclear accident claim16:39 450 people invited to Sooronbai Jeenbekov's inauguration, budget approved at $120,00016:30 Government of Russia approves protocol to debt cancellation agreement with Kyrgyzstan16:30 Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan seek to boost anti-drug cooperation16:19 Bishkek mayor gets acquainted with rehabilitation of Karagachevo grove16:15 Kyrgyz Economy Ministry suggests to ban alcohol ads on internet16:06 Top 10 majors in universities of Kyrgyzstan16:03 425 MVA transformer weighing 260 tons delivered to Toktogul HPP15:49 Minister of Economy Artyom Eduardovich like a brat don't attend committee meetings: MP15:40 Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan delivers credentials to President of Italy15:11 Tajikistan extradites IS militant Denis Khisamov to Russia15:10 Indian medical student Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 201714:52 About 20 radar speed guns to be delivered to Kyrgyzstan — patrol police14:49 TAV Airports Holding interested in construction of new airports in Kyrgyzstan14:30 MP Aida Salyanova on why investigators do not regard murder of her brother as politically motivated14:19 U.S. and WHO donate 105,000 doses of flu vaccince to Bishkek14:12 Interior Ministry ready to ensure security of killed Ulan Salyanov's family
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06