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Sheikh Rasheed likely to get house arrest today

The authorities have decided to detain or place Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed under house arrest before 2:00pm today (Friday).

Sheikh Rasheed was forced to spend night outside his residence as hundreds of containers were placed by policemen at Murree Road, Liaqat National Bagh, Raja Bazar, Gawalmandi Chowk and Fawara Chowk.

In a video message, Sheikh Rasheed appealed to the nation to come out of their houses to join protest.

“We will continue to fight for the prosperity of the country by defeating the thieves and crooked politicians”, he added.

Law enforcers on Thursday night had also sealed Bani Gala in Islamabad by placing containers ahead of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protest scheduled today.

Police also arrested several PTI workers including women for trampling Section 144 imposed by the district government and loaded them into prison vans.

Earlier, Chairman Imran Khan questioned that on what charges our workers are being arrested and beaten up especially when High Court has allowed us to stage peaceful protest.

He had vowed to reach Islamabad at any cost to pursue protest till his last breath after which he will be planning startegy for federal capital lockdown due on November 2.

Khan has seized on the Panama Papers scandal as a fresh opportunity to try to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama in April showed Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain, and daughter Maryam, owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which studied the papers, said those companies had engaged in at least $25 million in property and acquisition deals.

Nawaz Sharif has claimed his children have done nothing illegal, but opponents accuse the family of using the tax haven to launder stolen money and dodge taxes.