Army called in to control situation in Islamabad

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Political and religious parties of the country on Saturday condemned the use of force by the Islamabad administration on the protesting Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYP) activists, saying the matter should have been resolved by dialogue instead of the use of force.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of federal law minister Zahid Hamid over a hastily abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.

Demonstrators accuse the government of blasphemy based on a proposed changed that they say would soften electoral laws.

The siege played havoc with the more than half million commuters who daily travel between Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is yet to take any decision for further action with regard to operation against Faizabad sit-in and countrywide protests occurring in reaction.

The Dawn reported how the operation had to be suspended Saturday evening "when roughly 1,000 protesters unexpectedly entered Islamabad through the Express Highway to join the agitators".

So far one police official was martyred in I-8 Sector during the clashes while almost 200 persons of both sides had been injured.

At least one policeman reportedly died due head injury, but the government has so far not confirmed the death.

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"Under the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015, live coverage of any security operation is prohibited", said a statement issued by PEMRA.

Protesters also burnt some vehicles and thrashed several policemen and other security personnel.

The Pakistani government has blocked social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube amid the ongoing operation against protesters.

Protests also broke out in Lahore and Karachi, as well as smaller towns. However, local police disputed the minister's claim.

Incensed by the government crackdown on the Faizabad sit-in, several men affiliated with a religious group attacked the residence of Law Minister Zahid Hamid in his hometown of Pasrur, Sialkot district.

The lawmaker from NA-133 (Sheikhupura) was in the Batti Chowk area to negotiate with the protesters, Express News reported.

Pointing out the government's inefficiency in handling the whole fiasco, Shujaat said that it was the prime minister's job to negotiate with the protesters, but he was sitting in Lahore taking instructions from Nawaz Sharif.

"Why they did it (contacted India), we are looking into it".


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