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After deadly protests, Indian Punjab and Haryana in lockdown for ‘godman’s’ rape sentencing

NEW DELHI: India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday of a self-styled ’godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.…

PSL final won’t send Lahore into lockdown mode: Sanaullah

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has dispelled the impression that holding Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore would send the city into lock-down mode. He was addressing a media gathering at the Chief Minister Office Punjab. The minister underlined that the parking arrangements and traffic plan would be announced by Friday (today). He added that there would be food and beverages for the visitors at stadium, vowing that price control will be ensured by the authorities. He said special modifications…

LHC bars PTI from Islamabad lockdown, orders govt to remove containers

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday barred the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from lockown of Islamabad, and also ordered the government to remove containers and other impediments placed across the city. A three-member bench headed by Justice Shahid Hameed Dar heard several applications over the Islamabad lockdown. The court in its verdict barred the PTI from holding any sit-in or rallies in the federal capital. The court stated that protesters cannot even go near sensitive installations and other restricted areas of the…

FC, police surround Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence

ISLAMABAD: Security personnel that arrived at the residence of Imran Khan in Bani Gala late on Thursday night, were joined by an extra contingent of law enforcers this morning with reports of looming house arrest of the PTI chairman, ARY News reported.  More than 60 officers of the Frontier Constabulary reached the barrier leading to the residence of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and it is expected that he will either be placed under house-arrest or will be taken into custody. Khan is expected to address a rally at Sheikh…

Sheikh Rashid expected to be arrested: sources

RAWALPINDI: The government of Punjab is expected to arrest Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the chief of the Awami Muslim League, ahead of the lockdown of Islamabad on 2nd November. Sheikh Rashid is also scheduled to address a rally at the Rawalpindi Ground on Friday, but efforts have been expedited to refrain him. The federal government has already implemented Section 144 in the twin cities which bars public gatherings and the use of loudspeakers. However, Rashid is undeterred and has vowed to violate the ban on his public gathering…

Islamabad police arrest PTI workers from youth convention

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police have arrested several male and female workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) while they were attending a youth convention at a private marquee in Islamabad on Thursday evening, ARY News reported. Senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said police had no right to arrest peaceful PTI workers who were not engaged in any unlawful activity and only attending party's youth convention. Read More: Islamabad shutdown will be historic, claims Imran "This is the worst dictatorship. Under which law…