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Pakistan’s Imran Khan Backs Off From Threat to Shut Down Capital

By Asad Hashim and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Nov 1  – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan backed down from a threat to paralyse the capital on Wednesday, a move likely to ease tension that has spilled over into violence in the run-up to the planned protests. Khan’s vow to “shut down” Islamabad to press a

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Clashes as Pakistani Anti-Government Protesters Bear Down on Capital

ISLAMABAD, Oct 31  – Police on Monday fired tear gas to scatter hundreds of anti-government protesters heading for Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, after a court cleared the way for opposition politician Imran Khan to hold a mass protest this week, media reported. Television images showed the crowd approaching roadblocks amid clouds of tear gas as

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Pakistan’s Police Detain 1,500 in Crackdown on Opposition

October 31 – Pakistani police launched a nation-wide crackdown overnight, arresting at least 1,500 supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of an opposition rally planned later this week in Islamabad, officials said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two police officers said the number of those arrested overnight ranges between 1,500 and 1,800. The arrests

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Pakistan Court Clears Way for Imran Khan to Hold Anti-Government Protest

ISLAMABAD, Oct 31  – A Pakistani court on Monday gave permission to opposition politician Imran Khan to hold anti-government protests in the capital this week, but warned that demonstrations should not disrupt life for citizens, media reported. Khan has threatened to “shut down” the capital Islamabad on Wednesday as part of his push to unseat

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Imran Khan says Mass Protest No Danger to Pakistan Democracy

By Kay Johnson and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Oct 31  – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday dismissed accusations his planned shutdown of the nation’s capital could lead to a military coup, saying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “can’t hide behind ‘democracy in danger'” to quash protests. Khan, a former national cricket hero, has vowed to

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Pakistan Opposition Leader Khan Says Under Virtual House Arrest

By Asad Hashim and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Oct 28 – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police. Police tear-gassed and baton-charged the rock-throwing protesters in Rawalpindi, 20 km (12 miles) from

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Pakistan Outlaws Protests in Capital Ahead of Imran Khan’s “Lockdown”

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 – Pakistan outlawed public gatherings and political protests in the capital Islamabad on Thursday, ahead of next week’s planned “lockdown” of the city by opposition politician Imran Khan. Khan’s party said it would defy the order, heightening the stakes in a political standoff with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Khan

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Pakistan Opposition Leader Khan Admits Using Off-Shore Company

ISLAMABAD, May 14- Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan, who tried to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a row over offshore wealth, has acknowledged using an off-shore company to avoid paying British tax on a London property sale. Analysts say the admission is likely to ease the pressure on Sharif’s government from a Panama Papers

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Pakistan’s Khan Sees Panama Papers as Second Chance to Oust PM

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, April 24 – Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan is leading a party rally on Sunday to rail against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, seizing on the Panama Papers leak linking Sharif’s family with offshore wealth as a second chance to unseat the leader. Former cricket hero Khan, who staged

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