Cop killed, 150 injured in clashes in Pakistan
Protests erupt after security personnel try to disperse Islamist demonstrators, who had been blocking Eway to Islamabad for over two weeks
Clashes on Saturday broke out between security personnel and protesters belonging to a hardline religious groups in the Pakistani capital following a government crackdown, leaving a security personnel dead and over 150 others injured and triggering violence in other cities, including Karachi.The government blacked out all TV channels and blocked popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stem the spiralling violence.
Pakistani cops carry a colleague injured in the clashes in Islamabad
The police and paramilitary personnel tried to disperse the protesters who have been blocking main highways leading to the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks to press for the resignation of law minister Zahid Hamid.
A protester throws a tear gas shell back towards police during the clashes. pics/afp
The protesters, belonging to Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan are objecting to changes made in the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat or finality of prophethood oath in the Elections Act 2017 passed in September, alleging the action undermined Islamic beliefs and linked it to blasphemy, reports said.
2K No. of activists who had been blocking the Eway to Islamabad
At least five people, including a child, were killed and 19 others injured on Saturday in a suicide attack on security forces in the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan, police said. The attackers targeted the convoy of security forces on the Sariab road in Quetta.
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