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Pakistan calls on army to restore Law and Order

Pakistan calls on army to restore Law and Order

Pakistan calls on army to restore Law and Order
November 26
03:59 2017

Pakistan calls on army for security in capital: interior ministry

Islamabad: Pakistani government has authorized the powerful military to deploy troops to secure the capital Islamabad after violence broke out Saturday when security officials attempted to disperse an Islamist sit-in, the interior ministry said.

As the violence intensified throughout the day officials ordered security forces to temporarily halt the operation, hours after roughly 8,500 armed police and paramilitary forces began their attempt to clear the protest.

The request was made by Islamabad Capital Territory authorities, according to an interior ministry order

Clerics called for more demonstrators to come and help protect the dignity of the Prophet Mohammed.

As the clashes spread, Pakistan’s powerful military chief spoke to the prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to urge the situation be handled “peacefully”, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter.

Pakistan’s media regulator barred local TV channels from broadcasting live images from the scene, though protesters were still using Face book Live and other social media to galvanize support across the country.

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 demonstrations have piled more pressure on the beleaguered Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government ahead of a general election due to be held next year, with analysts and critics accusing it of bungling its response.

Latest Incident:

Protests sprung up in other cities Saturday. Police in Karachi said some 200 protesters had blockaded a major road in the southern port, with at least nine injured people – including three with gunshot wounds – brought to hospital, according to doctors.

Mall Road, the main artery in the eastern city, had been closed by police due to protests, while a deployment of paramilitary Rangers was being sought by city officials.

“The operation is suspended,” an Islamabad police spokesman told AFP Saturday evening, adding that some 4,000 security personnel remained in the streets. He could give no more details, and top security and police officials were not immediately available for comment.

At least one policeman was killed in the clashes, a police spokesman said, and an AFP journalist saw what appeared to be the body of at least one demonstrator lying in the street in the capital. Hospital officials said at least 139 people had been wounded, mostly security forces.

by Melissa

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