Pakistani police fire tear gas to break up Islamists' sit-in blocking capital

Pakistani police fire tear gas to break up Islamists' sit-in blocking capital

Pakistani police fire tear gas to break up Islamists' sit-in blocking capital

There is chaos in Islamabad in Pakistan after government action on thousands of protesters belonging to a religious outfit led to clashes.

The federal government has issued a notification and directed Pakistan Army to send troops to take control over the capital s security and ensure peace.

In most parts of the world, during protests, security forces use teargas shells to disperse the crowds.

The clashes began when police launched an operation involving some 4,000 officers to disperse around 1,000 activists from Tehreek, a new hard-line Islamist political party, and break up their camp.

The Federal Minister for Interior chaired a high-level meeting in the presence of Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Inspector General (IG), SSP and Deputy Commissioner, Top security officers from police as well as senior officials of Rawalpindi and Islamabad administrations were present in the discussion.

Dawn and Geo News reported that there are prison vans, ambulances at the site.

The first error which was identified in the SRO was the serial number, which ended with 2013, which points towards the year of issue.

Police have also used water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for nearly three weeks.

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It may be mentioned here that the government resorted to quelling the disturbance through force, only after several deadlines to the leaders of the protest to end the sit-in had lapsed.

Protesters had been blocking a key road connecting Islamabad and the neighboring city of Rawalpindi since November 8.

In Lahore, protesters gathered in more than 30 locations, said Kiran Nazish, a local journalist.

After banning news channels, the government has also shut down social media websites including FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter.

Violent protests were also reported from several other cities including Karachi and Lahore.

The group is demanding the resignation of the country's law minister for what it considers blasphemy after amended parliamentary bills weakened rules that require lawmakers to reference the Prophet Mohammed when taking their oaths. Traffic jam has choked arteries near Data Darbar.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority told TV channels not to broadcast footage of the operation and took all channels off air.

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