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Police say former Pakistani prime minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been placed under house arrest in the city of Lahore.
Police officer Ijaz Ahmed says Mr Sharif has been ordered not to leave his house in Lahore for three days.
Police also say similar restrictions have been imposed on several other opposition leaders including former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and the main Islamist party Jamat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
Mr Sharif has urged a crowd gathered outside his house in Lahore to ignore a ban and march on the capital.
Our South Asia correspondent Sally Sara says the city of Lahore has been placed on lockdown.
Police have put up barricades to stop demonstrators marching towards the capital, Islamabad.