Pakistan calls on army to restore security in capital

2017-11-25 21:01
Pakistan paramilitary troops gather next to a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide bombing in Quetta. (Arshad Butt, AP)

Pakistan paramilitary troops gather next to a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide bombing in Quetta. (Arshad Butt, AP)

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Islamabad - The Pakistani government has called on the powerful military to deploy in the capital Islamabad after violence broke out on Saturday when security forces attempted to disperse an Islamist sit-in, the interior ministry said.

The request was made by Islamabad Capital Territory authorities, according to an interior ministry order, which said the federal government had authorised the deployment of "sufficient troops" to "control law and order" in the city until further notice.

The order came after Pakistani police clashed violently with hardline religious protesters in Islamabad on Saturday, leaving at least one person dead and more than 130 injured.

Rubber bullets

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.

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