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12 Oct 2018 | 12:49 PM UTC

Pakistan: Pro-Sharif protests possible around National Assembly Oct. 17 /update 3

Pakistan News Alert

PML-N protests possible in Islamabad October 17 during National Assembly session; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/12/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Islamabad

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Event

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) opposition party has called for a session of the National Assembly following the arrest of PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif on corruption charges on October 5. The session will be held from 11:00 (local time) on Wednesday, October 17, in the capital Islamabad. Opposition supporters may seek to gather outside the National Assembly on the day. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely.

PML-N supporters held demonstrations outside the National Assembly on October 11 and marched through Islamabad and Lahore on October 10 to demand Sharif's release.

Context

Sharif's arrest follows the arrest of his older brother, ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, in July, also on corruption charges. The Sharif family alleges that the charges are false and politically motivated.

Advice

Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations, remain vigilant for signs of civil unrest, and adhere to instructions by local authorities.

 

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