"political and religious gatherings" banned
Most "political and religious gatherings" are banned in Pakistan until further notcie:
Pakistan on Thursday banned political and religious gatherings nationwide, except for Friday prayers, after two devastating attacks killed 70 people within a week.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said the ban had been imposed to prevent further attacks. He did not say how long it would last.
Troops were deployed to keep order in the central city of Multan, where a predawn bombing Thursday killed 39 people and wounded 100.
"I am scared now. How can I send my children to the mosque?" said Ishaq Chaudhry, 42, a grocer.
Two bombs planted in a car and a motorcycle exploded as a gathering of about 3,000 Sunni Muslims was dispersing after prayers for Maulana Azam Tariq, the slain leader of the banned Sunni radical group Sipah-e-Sahaba.
The group was marking the one-year anniversary of his death, which was blamed on Shiite Muslim militants.
A crowd of about 2,000 gathered outside a hospital where victims were taken, shouting slogans against Shiites and the government, witnesses said. They shattered the windshields of two ambulances and burned tires.
About 1,000 police officers were called into the city and soldiers were patrolling to prevent clashes between Sunnis and Shiites. Schools in Multan were ordered closed for two days, said Ijaz Chaudhry, a senior government administrator.
Police also tightened security in other cities. In Karachi, the scene of sectarian attacks and unrest in May, extra police were deployed at mosques.