(Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s ousted premier Imran Khan will push on with plans to occupy Islamabad with his supporters to force early elections, defying a government ban on gatherings and late night raids by police to detain his party leaders.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s administration will conclude talks with the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday in Doha for a bailout loan, which may include the politically tough decision to raise fuel prices. Without the funds, Pakistan might default for the second time in its history.
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Imran Khan’s Party to Continue With Protest March (2:15 a.m)
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf plans to carry on with a protest march to Islamabad to push for the dissolution of the National Assembly and fresh elections. The party plans to hold a sit-in until Khan’s demands are accepted.
Sharif’s government has said it will stop the protest. Gatherings of five or more people in Punjab province have been banned and police have detained several of Khan’s party leaders in overnight raids earlier this week.
Ruling Party Leader Says Khan’s Protest is Pressuring the Army (7:23 p.m.)
Ruling party leader Maryam Nawaz said Khan and his supporters were protesting to pressure the establishment, a term normally referring to the powerful army, local media reported.
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