Pakistan nabs hundreds of political activists

KARACHI, Reuters

A massive security blanket was thrown over the Pakistani city of Karachi on Tuesday as police and paramilitary forces arrested hundreds of political activists to prevent a banned pro-democracy rally. City residents said an undeclared curfew had been imposed and much of Karachi appeared to be under siege as thousands of security personnel were deployed to block the rally organised by the 16-party Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD).

“We are trying to start (marching)…but obviously every place is a jail, they will nab us anywhere we start from,” said Nisar Khohro, Sindh provincial chief of self-exiled former premier Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), a key member of the ARD.