Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party have been blocking the route into Islamabad for nearly 10 days, demanding the minister of law be sacked for what they say is blasphemy.
Sharif said there was no precedent for indicting someone in his absence. “I hope I will get justice,” he told reporters in London in remarks broadcast by local Geo TV, adding that he would travel home to attend the next court hearing.
The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was a suicide bomb targeting the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
The Milli Muslim League party loyal to Hafiz Saeed is backing a candidate in Sunday’s by-election.
The foray into politics of the Milli Muslim League party, which is loyal to Hafiz Saeed, is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups.
The groups named by BRICS include anti-India militant factions such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, both responsible for two separate incidents in India.
Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother’s alleged sexual assault of another girl.