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Pak court clears way for Imran Khan's Nov 2 protest

The court also ordered Khan to hold the agitation on a parade ground far from the city`s main government and commercial districts. Photograph: (AFP)

Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan Oct 31, 2016, 01.15 PM (IST)

Opposition leader Imran Khan was granted permission today by a Pakistan high court to hold November 2 protests against the Nawaz Sharif government, international news agency Reuters reported today. The court, however, warned that demonstrations should not disrupt life for citizens, according to media reports. 

Khan has vowed to bring millions of people out onto the streets to agitate against prevailing corruption and Panama Papers' revelations about his family's offshore wealth. 

According to Reuters, the Islamabad high court dismissed government challenges to the protests. However, it ordered Khan to hold the agitation on a parade ground far from the city's main government and commercial districts, Geo Television reported.

The government has also been ordered by justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui to ensure protection for the fundamental rights of residents of the capital to go about their daily lives, Geo reported.

Escalating political tensions have led to periodic clashes between supporters of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and the police, who have arrested scores of opposition workers and used tear gas to disperse protesters. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters) 

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