Police baton charge PPP protestors in Rawalpindi

November 14th, 2007 - 10:22 am ICT by admin  

Baton-wielding police chased away several groups in the centre of the garrison city who were trying to reach the Liaqat Bagh Park, where Bhutto wants to lead the rally, The News reported.

They used tear gas to break up at least two of the groups, one of which numbered at least 50 people, and fired up to 10 tear gas shells.

Meanwhile, European countries- Britain and Germany, expressed their worry about detention of Bhutto and other political activists.

Germany urged Pakistan to immediately release Bhutto and other political activists.

Britain has said that it is very worried over the current developments taking place in Pakistan, particularly after Bhutto was put under house arrest on Friday morning.

“We are very worried by the developments in Pakistan this morning which underline the need for a rapid return to constitutional rule. We continue to urge restraint in all situations,” a spokesperson of the British Foreign Office said.

Bhutto has been put under house arrest since morning, as she was going to lead a protest rally in Rawalpindi later in the day.

All the roads leading to her house have been blocked, and there is a huge presence of security forces on the roads.

Bhutto is under house arrest for the first time since her homecoming to Pakistan on October 18, ending her eight years of self-exile.

She made an attempt to leave her Islamabad home earlier in the day to lead the protest rally, but police stopped her. (ANI)

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