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Pakistan court bars opposition from holding street rally

  • A supporter of Imran Khan tries to remove a police barrier set up  to stop supporters who are attempting to reach Khan's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani police used tear gas and batons to confront stone throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, ahead of a planned protest next week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    A supporter of Imran Khan tries to remove a police barrier set up to stop supporters who are attempting to reach Khan's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani police used tear gas and batons to confront stone throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, ahead of a planned protest next week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Pakistani police officer fires tear gas shell to disperse supporters of Imran Khan, who are attempting to reach Khan's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani police used tear gas and batons to confront stone throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, ahead of a planned protest next week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    A Pakistani police officer fires tear gas shell to disperse supporters of Imran Khan, who are attempting to reach Khan's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani police used tear gas and batons to confront stone throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, ahead of a planned protest next week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Politician Imran Khan, center, speaks to journalists outside his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference, Sunday, that the opposition party of of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had plans to storm into Pakistan's secretariat, the main office where all the country's ministries operate from. Imran Khan said Sunday that he didn't have any violent plans. Clashes have been taking place intermittently since Friday when the government imposed a blanket ban on all rallies and protests in the capital. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Politician Imran Khan, center, speaks to journalists outside his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference, Sunday, that the opposition party of of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had plans to storm into Pakistan's secretariat, the main office where all the country's ministries operate from. Imran Khan said Sunday that he didn't have any violent plans. Clashes have been taking place intermittently since Friday when the government imposed a blanket ban on all rallies and protests in the capital. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani court has barred the opposition party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan from holding planned anti-government street rallies in Islamabad.

Lawyer Saddique Awan says the court on Monday ordered that authorities ensure the rally is held only within the limits of a city park.

Khan's attorney Babar Awan says he will appeal. The party has called for a massive street demonstration for Wednesday, threatening to lock down the capital in a bid to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

Sharif has been under pressure after his family members were named as holders of offshore bank accounts in leaked financial documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Since the weekend, police have detained hundreds of Khan's party activists and clashed with his supporters attempting to get into Islamabad.