All entry and exit points on key highways leading to the Pakistan's capital have been blocked by police as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif pledges to stop opposition leader Imran Khan's planned protest.
Khan has been demanding early elections and claiming his removal from office was the result of a US-organised plot.
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.
Police operation began just after midnight and officers were still raiding the houses of supporters late in the day, says Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
Pakistan's president has dissolved the national assembly on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who gets a reprieve after a no-confidence motion against his government is rejected in Parliament.
Debate on the no-confidence motion is due to start on Thursday, leaving Pakistan PM Imran Khan scrambling to keep his own PTI members on side, as well as a slew of minority parties.
Imran Khan, facing a no-confidence vote in Parliament, claims "funding was being channelled into Pakistan from abroad" but "we will not compromise on national interests".
PM Imran Khan to seek vote of confidence in Parliament as finance minister loses high-profile seat in Senate election.
As suicide bombings and militant assaults claimed the lives of many politicians, impacting the recent election campaign nationwide, a general consensus to eradicate terror networks has emerged from across party lines.
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