The order came after Pakistani police clashed violently with hardline religious protesters in Islamabad Saturday, leaving at least one person dead and more than 130 injured.
Police were attempting to clear a small protest by the little-known hardline group called Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) that has blocked a main highway into Islamabad since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls and enraging citizens.
Authorities had hesitated for days to act against the demonstrators, fearing violence, but thousands of security forces began attempts to clear the protest just after dawn on Saturday.
They fired tear gas and rubber bullets as the demonstrators blocked roads and burned police vehicles around the site of the sit-in. Protests also broke out in the major cities of Lahore and Karachi, as well as smaller town across the country...
An Islamabad police spokesman confirmed that a policeman was killed in the fighting after he was struck in the head by a rock, and an AFP journalist saw what appeared to be the body of at least one demonstrator lying on the road in the capital.
At least 139 injured people have been taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, a spokesman from the hospital told AFP, adding that 93 of them were members of the security forces. ...
And why were the demonstrators so outraged? Violence against women? Oppression of minorities? Infringement of LGBT rights or freedom of speech and expression? Not quite...
The sit-in by the little-known hardline group called Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) has blocked the main road into the capital used by thousands of commuters since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls and enraging commuters.
The protesters, who before today numbered some 2,000 people, are demanding that Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resign over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.
Demonstrators have linked it to blasphemy -- a highly contentious issue in Pakistan -- and claim the oath was softened to enable the participation of Ahmadis, a long-persecuted minority sect.
The protesters come from the Barelvi sect of Islam that has strong ties to Sufism -- a mystical branch of the religion that is seen as moderate...
However the execution in 2016 of Barelvi follower Mumtaz Qadri -- who assassinated liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer over his stance on the country's blasphemy laws -- led members of the group to take a more hardline stance against any moves to reform the legislation.
"These people already had a grudge against the government and the government just provided them the opportunity to vent out their anger," said political analyst Hasan Askari.
I wonder how the family of the 8 year old feel. The child apparently died when the ambulance rushing them to hospital couldn't get through the traffic.
Good God Almighty! People talk about immigration and Muslim "beliefs" (opinions) being incompatible with western or even human values, but it is these violent puritans who can't see The (possibly paedophile) Prophet Mohammed insulted who must never be allowed into Europe. The problem is that some of the most fanatical Islamists are home-grown. All their hapless (Usually Muslim) parents did was to raise them "in the faith" and expose them to such tribal and backward cultures.
Don't indoctrinate a child into any religion. No good can come of it.