Hard-line Islamist protestors clashed with Pakistan police personnel on the streets of Islamabad, reducing the capital city into a picture of chaos. The Pakistani police had to use tear gas and water cannon to counter the stone-throwing Islamist protesters on Saturday.
The protesters, who have been camping on the streets of Islamabad for more than two weeks blocking main routes to the city, intensified their stir today attracting a police response which moved to clear the religious hard-liners.
Among the crucial routes, the protestors had also blocked the intersection linking Islamabad with the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Clashes immediately broke out between members of Tehreek-e-Labaik, a hard-line Islamist party, and some 4,000 police sent to break up the protest camp, police official Saood Tirmizi told the news agencies.
The protesters have paralyzed daily life in the capital, and have defied court orders to disband, demanding that the minister of law fired.
Tehreek-e-Labaik blames the minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy. The government puts the issue down to a clerical error.
(With inputs from Agencies)