PTI's Arif Alvi, Imran Ismail released on Nisar's order


Over 70 activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) were arrested as they tried to march to party chief Imran Khan's residence here before a planned November 2 Islamabad lockdown protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Khan has vowed to lock down Islamabad on November 2 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Khan has said that he wants to "shut down" the government following revelations that Sharif's children held offshore bank accounts, information first made public by the "Panama Papers" leak earlier in the year.

Sharif has refused to quit but says he'll face investigations to prove he and his family aren't involved in corruption.

He said that the prevailing situation in the country was a trial for the country's judicial system as it was responsible for protecting the democracy. The court has barred the opposition party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan from holding planned anti-government street rallies in Islamabad.

Intermittent clashes between PTI workers and the police took place on different spots in the twin cities.

Party lawmaker Arif Alvi and another senior party official, Imran Ismail, were briefly detained on Monday, and bundled into a police van near Khan's home.

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Accusing PTI of commandeering resources provided to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, he said that PTI was amassing arms and ammunition with an ulterior motive.

Polie attempted to disperse Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) protesters trying to reach party chief Imran Khan's Bani Gala residence on Sunday with tear gas shells after protesters resorted to stoning a police contingent.

Holding offshore companies is not illegal in Pakistan, but Khan has implied the money was gained through corruption.

The administrative measures taken by the Government to prevent PTI from implementing its threat of locking down Islamabad were also necessitated by ground realities.

Mr Khan himself admitted in May that he used an offshore company to legally avoid paying British tax on a London property sale.

"The message we're getting is that they're going to block Islamabad", Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a news conference.