Pakistan inside minister recommends ban on Islamist get together

The announcement by Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad got here hours after Pakistani safety forces — swinging batons and firing tear fuel — moved in to clear sit-ins by the protesting Islamists within the capital Islamabad and elsewhere.

The crackdown got here after 5 individuals, together with two cops, have been killed Tuesday within the clashes.

Police and paramilitary rangers rapidly cleared a lot of the sit-ins staged by the protesters in Islamabad and roads have been reopened. Ahmed requested protesters who have been nonetheless blocking roads and rallying within the jap metropolis of Lahore to peacefully disperse.

The announcement of a proposed ban on the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan get together got here two days after supporters first started blocking highways and key roads in numerous components of the nation to denounce Monday’s arrest of their chief.

Rizvi was taken into custody after he threatened the federal government with mass protests if it didn’t expel French envoy Marc Baréty earlier than April 20 over the publication in France of depictions of Islam’s Prophet.

Rizvi had claimed the federal government dedicated to expelling the French diplomat in an settlement. Nonetheless, the federal government of Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted it solely dedicated to discussing the matter in Parliament.

Ahmad stated police and paramilitary rangers launched a crackdown towards demonstrators earlier than daybreak Wednesday and rapidly cleared rallies within the capital and different cities, together with the garrison metropolis of Rawalpindi.

He stated two policemen have been killed and 340 police have been wounded within the clashes with Islamists.

Ahmad didn’t say what number of demonstrators died, however police earlier stated not less than three Islamists have been killed in clashes. He stated he hoped the scenario would quickly be underneath management in Lahore, the place Islamists have been nonetheless rallying and blocking some roads.

Rizvi emerged because the chief of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan get together in November after the sudden loss of life of his father, Khadim Hussein Rizvi. His get together needs the federal government to boycott French merchandise and expel the French ambassador underneath an settlement signed by the federal government with Rizvi’s get together in February.

Tehreek-e-Labiak and different Islamist events have denounced French President Emmanuel Macron since October final 12 months once they say he tried to defend caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as freedom of expression. Macron’s feedback got here after a younger Muslim beheaded a French faculty trainer who had proven caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in school.

The photographs had been republished by the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo to mark the opening of the trial over the lethal 2015 assault towards the publication for the unique caricatures. That enraged many Muslims in Pakistan and elsewhere who consider these depictions have been blasphemous.

Dogar reported from Lahore, Pakistan.

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