The police operation was an attempt to foil a planned protest seeking to force Pakistan's new government into calling early elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has claimed.
Pakistan says New Zealand received threatening emails before and after it arrived in Pakistan, including an email sent from India to the wife of Martin Guptill in which the opening batsman received a death threat.
Officials believe Islamabad is paying the price for taking a stand on geopolitical issues that did not go down well with powerful Western countries.
The move comes as Prime Minister Imran Khan's government struggles to boost the country's foreign exchange coffers that have been drained by a struggling economy, fiscal deficits and inflation.
Search continues for tens of thousands more who attended a gathering of Tablighi Jamaat, Islamic missionary movement, in Lahore city last month, officials say.
After years of growth, Pakistan’s media industry is facing a slowdown that has led to lay-offs, pay cuts and shutdown of news outlets.
Pakistan's information minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain says his government entered into a deal with the hardline protesters to avoid violence sparked by a top court order that acquitted a Christian woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges.
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