Pakistan govt calls in army to clear blockade

Pakistan govt calls in army to clear blockade

Pakistan govt calls in army to clear blockade

There is chaos in Islamabad in Pakistan after government action on thousands of protesters belonging to a religious outfit led to clashes.

According to an Interior Ministry statement, "sufficient troops" from the army's 111th brigade will be deployed to aid the civil administration to enforce law and order in the capital Islamabad until further notice.

Pakistan cracked down on radical Islamist protestors in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Saturday, calling in the military to restore law and order after violence broke out following an attempt by security forces to disperse the demonstrators.

According to Geo News, the angry protesters forcibly entered and ransacked the house of the law minister.

The clashes started after police officials surrounded the protesters at the sit-in area in Faizabad, on the road which connects Rawalpindi to Islamabad. "TV channels are advised to exhibit utmost sensitivity regarding the matter and refrain from live coverage", it added.

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The protesters have paralysed daily life in Islamabad , and have defied court orders to disband, demanding the firing of the minister of law. The government has apologized and denied making such a change, calling it a clerical mistake.

Hundreds of supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Ullah being led by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi have been blocking Faizabad Inter-Change for almost three weeks.

Police have also used water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for nearly three weeks. He, while backing Labaik's demands, urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to dismiss Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid who was allegedly responsible for the recent tampering with the laws relating to the Khatm e Nabuwwat.

Due to operation in Islamabad people in Lahore are coming out on the roads.

In Lahore, protesters gathered in more than 30 locations, said Kiran Nazish, a local journalist. Severe traffic jams, closed schools, suffering businesses all were the cons of this protest. "The government is also taking measures to ease the movement of the residents of the twin cities", he said while talking to media in Islamabad. The media blackout was followed by suspension of services of popular social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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