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Courts Blast Government Over Protest Paralysis

Courts Blast Government Over Protest Paralysis

More than 8,000 personnel of police and paramilitary Rangers and Frontier Constablary launched the crackdown to clear Faizabad interchange linking Islamabad with garrison city of Rawalpindi and the only worldwide airport of the capital.

The roughly 2,000 protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan group have blocked a main highway used by thousands of commuters since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls.

Separately, security officials in Punjab requested that ranger troops be sent to its capital Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city by population, to help restore order.

According to Waqt News, the security forces had dispersed half of protesters from sit-in while all protesters were dispersed from Faizabad interchange.

In a tweet, Maj. The injured, including 93 security personnel, have been taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad.

There are prison vans, ambulances at the site.

"We are trying to clear the area with minimum violence, but we also need to ensure the fundamental rights of people of twin cities", he said.

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa in a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has "suggested to handle the Islambad dharna peacefully", a statement issued by the military's media wing said.

CNN reported more than 250 people were injured and at least two people died during the protests.

The Pakistani government has blocked social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube amid the ongoing operation against protesters. A mob attacked former Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan's house in Rawalpindi and broke the main gate of his house. Along with Lahore, people in Karachi have started a protest at Numaesh Chaurangi.

All the news channels have also been suspended. The protest which has been on for the last three weeks demanding that the law minister Zahid Hamid steps down, claimed that the modification was part of a larger conspiracy even as the government called it a clerical error.

Ahsan Iqbal said the protesters wanted to replicate the Lal Masjid and Model Town type incidents, but the government was showing restraint to resolve the issue amicably.

He said that "The Finality of Prophethood Law" had not only been restored to its original position rather it had been further strengthened.

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