wnol.info July 21 2018

Army called in to secure capital

July 21 2018, 12:20 | Irvin Gilbert

Rangers have cordoned off the IJP Road Expressway Murree Road and the Faisal Avenue

Rangers have cordoned off the IJP Road Expressway Murree Road and the Faisal Avenue

Police, FC and other law enforcement agencies finally launched a crackdown on Saturday morning, resulting in a showdown between two sides.

On Saturday, protesters also gathered in cities including Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad and Faisalabad, blocking main roads and triggering traffic jams.

According to Waqt News, the security forces had dispersed half of protesters from sit-in while all protesters were dispersed from Faizabad interchange.

The suspension, the official said, was adopted after the country's powerful army chief's suggestion to the prime minister that the sit-in be handled peacefully.

At least 139 injured people have been taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, a spokesperson from the hospital said, adding that 93 of them were members of the security forces.

The protesters however spread to dozens of different points as more people from twin cities come to the protest.

There are prison vans, ambulances at the site.

Mass protests have been ongoing in Islamabad for several weeks already after the authorities chose to amend the Election Act by excluding a provision that had obliged candidates to confirm the Finality of Prophethood, which is the unanimous belief of the Muslim world that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet of Allah.

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Earlier in the day, a man was reported dead in a firing incident outside the residence of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar.

"We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan".

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) ordered media houses to stop live coverage and temporarily suspended several channels, including Geo TV, for failing to follow the directive.

It is feared that protests will continue on Sunday as well.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of federal law minister Zahid Hamid over a hastily abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.

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

He said that "The Finality of Prophethood Law" had not only been restored to its original position rather it had been further strengthened.

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