Nawaz Sharif stifling democracy to 'hide his corruption': Imran Khan

Imran Khan has been confined to his residence in Islamabad. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, India Oct 28, 2016, 06.44 PM (IST)

Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan on Friday vowed he would go ahead with his November 2 plans to shut down capital Islamabad to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for alleged corruption.

Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)  and Sheikh Rasheed-led Awami Muslim League (AML) are determined to go ahead with their protests against the government.

"To hide his corruption, he does not respect any law... to hide his corruption, he uses the language of Modi against Pakistan Army," Pakistan daily Dawn quoted Imran Khan as saying.

"Is this a kingdom or a democracy?" the PTI chief raged outside his Bani Gala residence near the capital, Pakistan daily Dawn reported. "What crime have we committed? Why did they stop me from going to Rawalpindi?"

Imran Khan, who has been confined to his residence, was stopped by the police when he was on his way to Rawalpindi to prepare for the sit-in on November 2.  He also questioned "why Bani Gala was sealed," also warning the government that illegal arrests would trigger protests and paralyse life across the country. 

The situation in Islamabad and Rawalpindi turned tense after police stormed a youth convention of the party in Islamabad and arrested activists on Thursday. Section 144 was imposed in the cities on Thursday which bans public gatherings.

The PTI called for protests across the country the next day.

AML chief Sheikh Rasheed also dared the government to try and arrest him, Dawn reported. He said he would show during the Islamabad protest "what the power of people actually is".

Police and opposition activists clashed at Rawalpindi's Committee Chowk near the Lal Haveli residence of Sheikh Rasheed on Friday, Dawn reported.  

All roads leading to Rashid's residence, where PTI Chairman Imran Khan was also earlier due to address a gathering, have remained sealed since Friday.

The AML, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of Tahirul Qadri, Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) have announced they will be a part of the 'lockdown' on November 2.

Panama Papers

PTI has stepped up its attacks against the government ever since the names of  Nawaz Sharif's family appeared in the Panama Papers leaks.

Imran claims the revelations in Panama Papers are proof of Nawaz Sharif's corruption and that that he should resign.  Sharif and his party, the Pakistan Muslim League, have refuted the allegations.

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday constituted a larger bench to hear petitions in connection with the Panama Papers leaks.