Cities around Pakistan came to a standstill on Friday as tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets in a government-led demonstration of solidarity with the disputed region of Kashmir, after India revoked its autonomy this month.
A hardcore group of violent protesters armed with shields and throwing rocks were sprayed with water cannon. The group smashed down a barrier erected around the government's parliament building.
Some 2,000 to 4,000 people, including leaders and workers of mainstream political parties, have been reportedly arrested in Kashmir since the scrapping of Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
China’s military on Thursday said fresh troops had arrived in Hong Kong as part of a routine rotation, as the financial hub prepares for fresh political rallies against Beijing’s tightening grip on the city.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has made it clear that no decision has yet been taken to close Pakistan’s airspace to India. Talking to reporters during a visit to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra),
Queen Elizabeth II approved the request to end what has been the longest session of parliament in nearly 400 years in the second week of September and reopen it on October 14 -- just over two weeks before Brexit.
The area has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. Some protesters are also demanding an independence vote, although authorities have ruled out such a possibility.
City council elections are normally low-profile, but Sunday's vote grabbed wide attention after several opposition and independent candidates were denied places on the ballot.
Hong Kong police searched public transport heading for the airport on Saturday ahead of another “stress test” of road and rail links by anti-government protesters, the latest in 14 weeks