Pakistan opposition rally clashes with police, dozens hurt

Supporters of Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif scuffle with police officers outside an anti-graft tribunal, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Pakistan opposition rally clashes with police, dozens hurt

  • The violence erupted when police used batons to prevent Shahbaz Sharif’s supporters from reaching an anti-graft tribunal where he appeared to face a pre-trial hearing
  • Police say they prevented demonstrators from trying to storm the court

LAHORE: Pakistani officials say supporters of the country’s opposition leader, Shahbaz Sharif, have clashed with police in the eastern city of Lahore, leaving dozens of protesters hurt.
Thursday’s violence erupted when riot police used batons to prevent Sharif’s supporters from reaching an anti-graft tribunal where he appeared to face a pre-trial hearing over alleged links to a multi-million dollars housing scam.
Maryam Aurangzeb, a spokeswoman for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party, says police beat the party’s supporters without any provocation.
Police say they prevented demonstrators from trying to storm the court.
Sharif, the opposition leader in parliament, has been held in custody by the National Accountability Bureau since October. He is accused of influencing authorities to award contracts for a housing program to a company with which he had political connections.


Pakistanis between hope and despair as Modi reelected Indian PM

Updated 24 May 2019
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Pakistanis between hope and despair as Modi reelected Indian PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated India’s Narendra Modi on the runaway election win of his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Modi responded by thanking his Pakistan counterpart.
Both leaders made conciliatory gestures but on the streets of Islamabad where Arab News spoke to common Pakistanis, the tone was not so welcoming.