Dead, 150 Injured After Violent Clashes Between Forces And Islamist Protesters

Rangers have cordoned off the IJP Road Expressway Murree Road and the Faisal Avenue

Ahsan Iqbal said that protesters had been holding Twin Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi hostage for last 20 days, adding that few elements were misleading innocent minds.

Islamabad Police launched a clearance operation against protesters from the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan who have camped at the Faizabad interchange for weeks demanding the resignation of Pakistan's law minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes made about Khatm-i-Nabuwwat or finality of prophethood oath in the Elections Act 2017 passed in September. Despite a swift reversal, protesters still demand that Pakistan's law minister resign.

But protest leaders were adamant and refused to clear the intersection unless the law minister resigned. They have fired tear gas shells [at security forces], they also cut the fibre optic cables of cameras that were monitoring their protest, " Dawn reported.

Pakistan's army chief on Saturday called on the civilian government to end the protest while "avoiding violence from both sides".

Police in Karachi said some 200 protesters were blockading a major road in the southern port, with at least nine injured people - including three with gunshot wounds - brought to hospital, according to doctors.

The Times reported at least 150 protesters were arrested.

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Some protesters who escaped the operation later gathered at a main street in Rawalpindi blocking it and suspending traffic by throwing stones at moving vehicles.

Markets and shops were closing in the megacity, Pakistan's commercial hub, as alarmed residents stayed inside while clerics called for more demonstrators to come and help protect the dignity of the Prophet Mohammed. Social media platforms also appeared to be temporarily suspended. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, head of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army's media wing, said that Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and suggested that the sit-in be resolved peacefully.

A senior government official speaking on condition of anonymity, due to restrictions on speaking to the media, told Anadolu Agency that the security forces had been asked not to take on the violent protesters pending further orders.

The interior minister reiterated that the government was attempting to clear the sit-in as part of its legal obligations after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the capital administration to evict protesters from Faizabad last Friday.

The government was accused by the critics, of bungling its response to the protest, and allowing a minor issue to grow into a headline-grabbing and potentially risky situation.

"Politically driven procrastination has its own costs and this is what the government is paying", analyst Imtiaz Gul said.

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