Pakistan Calls In Military As Muslims Riot In Call For Blasphemy Charges

From Jihad-Watch:
“On Saturday, thousands of police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an unsuccessful attempt to move about 2,000 supporters of an Islamic cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who have paralyzed the capital by camping out on a main highway in a blasphemy row with the government….Mr. Rizvi has accused the country’s law minister, Zahid Hamid, of committing blasphemy…”

Have there ever been 2,000 Muslim protesters anywhere protesting against jihad terror and the alleged “hijacking” of their religion by Islamic jihad terror organizations?

“Pakistan Deploys Military Troops After Violent Clashes in Islamabad,” by Salman Masood, New York Times, November 26, 2017:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan deployed army troops in Islamabad on Sunday to help restore law and order to the capital, officials said, a day after violent clashes between Islamist protesters and the police left at least six people dead and 200 others injured.

The move came after the prime minister and army officials held emergency talks and agreed to send troops to protect vital areas and buildings like Parliament, the prime minister’s residence and the diplomatic enclave that houses embassies.

But the military told the governing party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, that it would not use lethal force to quell the protesters, according to the terms of the deployment in a letter that was shared with The New York Times and circulated by the local news media.

A military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said the army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, had urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas on Saturday “to handle the protest peacefully, avoiding violence from both sides as it is not in the national interest.”

On Sunday, a military official emphatically ruled out the use of force in dealing with the demonstrators.

“The army will remain at the backstage,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media about the protest, which has set up a major crisis for the governing party. “We will not use force against the protesters,” the official said. “We will just protect important government installations.”

The military also sought clarification from the government on why nearly 8,000 police officers and members of a paramilitary force had failed to quell a protest that has blocked a main entrances to Islamabad for more than two weeks.

On Saturday, thousands of police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an unsuccessful attempt to move about 2,000 supporters of an Islamic cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who have paralyzed the capital by camping out on a main highway in a blasphemy row with the government.

The authorities said dozens of police officers and paramilitary troops were among the 200 injured as stone-throwing crowds fought with the police for control of the intersection. The clashes spread to other cities, mainly in Punjab Province, as supporters of Mr. Rizvi took to the streets and blocked main thoroughfares and highways.

Mr. Rizvi has accused the country’s law minister, Zahid Hamid, of committing blasphemy after the governing party proposed a new version of an oath to be taken by lawmakers that dealt with a declaration of Prophet Muhammad as God’s final prophet.

The law minister denied the charge, releasing a video in which he stated that he believed that Muhammad was God’s final prophet. The government reversed the changes in the oath. But the efforts to placate Mr. Rizvi and several other religious leaders failed, and demonstrations began three weeks ago

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