Islamabad Police arres Andleeb Abbas later released
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan backed down from his threat to shut down the capital on November 2, vowing instead to hold a celebratory rally about a Supreme Court decision to pursue a case linked to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been under growing pressure from opposition parties, mainly PTI, which had vowed one million supporters would shut down Islamabad on Wednesday as part of long-running efforts to force the government out of power.
“On the Supreme Court’s advice, we have decided that tomorrow we will thank God and celebrate a Day of Thanks at Islamabad’s parade ground,” Imran said while addressing the media outside his home in Bani Gala on Tuesday as his ecstatic supporters danced to pop songs and shouted anti-government slogans. The celebratory rally is a step back from his threat to paralyse the city and the government.