Islamabad a picture of chaos as hardliners clash with police

RSTV Bureau
Islamabad  : Protesters hurls back a tear gas shell fired by police during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Photo - PTI

Islamabad : Protesters hurls back a tear gas shell fired by police during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
Photo – PTI

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.

Islamabad: Smoke rises as Pakistani police officers fire tear gas shell to disperse protesters during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.  Photo - AP/PTI

Islamabad: Smoke rises as Pakistani police officers fire tear gas shell to disperse protesters during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
Photo – AP/PTI

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)