Update(1625ET): Not only is the Pakistani army now overseeing security in the capital as protests have spiraled out of control due to the arrest and detention of former prime minister Imran Khan, but increasingly desperate officials are urging military deployment to at least three other provinces to restore order.
The Washington Post reports in the evening (local time): "Tensions mounted further in the evening hours as Pakistan’s government appeared to have approved deploying the military in Islamabad, potentially pulling the country’s powerful but often deliberately opaque army into the center of the conflict."
Authorities have further urged citizens to stay in their homes during the evening hours, resulting in an eerie 'calm before the storm' of more protests. "The streets of Islamabad — usually bustling with motorbikes and pedestrians — were largely empty and many businesses remained shuttered," WaPo continues. "Throughout the day, Pakistani authorities had secured military and government compounds by blocking roads with shipping containers, while police officers deployed tear gas against protesters on the capital’s main airport access road."
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