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Pakistani Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters in Islamabad

Pakistani Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters in Islamabad

Leaders of a protest being staged by a religious group in Islamabad on Saturday presented a new set of demands to end their three-week agitation in the federal capital and other parts of the country. The police was acting on a court order which directed that the protests be cleared.

Pakistan's Geo News reported that in Islamabad, protesters are firing teargas shells at the security forces.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told state television that the government had shown patience in dealing with the protesters.

Mass protests have been ongoing in Islamabad for several weeks already after the authorities made a decision to amend the Election Act by excluding a provision that had obliged candidates to confirm the Finality of Prophethood, which is the unanimous belief of the Muslim world that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet of Allah.

Six people were killed and 200, mostly police, were injured as police tried to clear the intersection linking the Pakistani capital with the garrison city of Rawalpindi, doctors at local hospitals said.

Security forces arrested over 300 protesters - 150 in Islamabad alone - and took them to various police stations across Pakistan.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa talked to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and asked him for a peaceful solution to the problem.

"We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan".

At least 111 of those injured in the clashes were members of the police or other security forces, said Dr. Farrukh Kamal, an official at the PIMS government hospital where most of the wounded were being treated.

Police lobbed tear gas canisters and deployed the water cannon while surrounding and arresting dozens of protesters who resisted by throwing rocks.

Protesters want Hamid to resign over the matter. "We can see that they have various resources at their disposal".

Rawalpindi administration, police officials and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah also joined the meeting through video conference.

The protesters, belonging to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik, broke into and ransacked the minister's haveli, Express News reported.

Authorities have hesitated to act against the sit-in, citing fears of violence as the demonstrators have vowed to die for their cause.

Several men protesting the Faizabad crackdown also attempted to break into the house of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar in Rawalpindi.

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