Pakistani Government Calls in Army to Help Disperse Islamist Protesters
00:23, Nov 26, 2017
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More than 8,000 personnel of police and paramilitary Rangers and Frontier Constablary launched the crackdown to clear Faizabad interchange linking Islamabad with garrison city of Rawalpindi and the only global airport of the capital. The blockage has paralysed the capital and blocked the traffic on the Islamabad Expressway since November 6.
Separately, security officials in Punjab requested that ranger troops be sent to its capital Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city by population, to help restore order.
In most parts of the world, during protests, security forces use teargas shells to disperse the crowds.
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Latest reports from Pakistan said that at least 110 people, including 30 policemen and 14 FC personnel, have been injured in Islamabad operation.
The crackdown came after the country's top court ordered their removal, after protests paralyzed life in the twin cities and the last of a long series of deadlines lapsed without response from the agitating parties.
There are prison vans, ambulances at the site.
The clashes broke out when 4000 officers launched an operation to disperse at least 1000 hardline activists blocking main highways leading to the capital Islamabad.
Earlier in the day, a man was reported dead in a firing incident outside the residence of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar. PEMRA's spokesperson said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had directed the regulator to suspend transmission of all private TV news channels.
There are no confirmations yet relating the news but many users in Pakistan are claiming that they are unable to access Facebook and other social media websites.
Following the protests in Islamabad, protests in other cities were also reported.
In Karachi, the country's commercial hub, 28 injured were brought to the state-run Jinnah Post Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.
The protesters are demanding that law minister Zahid Hamid resign over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.
It is feared that protests will continue on Sunday as well. The government has apologized and denied making such a change, calling it a clerical mistake.
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