Radical Islamists clash with police en route to Pakistan’s capital

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Thousands of supporters of a banned extremist Islamist enactment person departed from the eastbound Pakistan metropolis of Lahore, clashing with constabulary for a 2nd day, a enactment spokesperson and witnesses said connected Saturday.

The radical formed connected Friday with the extremity of reaching the capital, Islamabad, to unit the authorities to merchandise Saad Rizvi, the caput of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party.

Rizvi was arrested past twelvemonth astatine a clip of demonstrations against France implicit the work of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Violent clashes erupted connected Friday betwixt information forces and Islamists successful Lahore leaving astatine slightest 2 constabulary officers and 2 demonstrators dead.

Protest rally by the banned Islamist governmental  enactment      Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan successful  Lahore
Protest rally by the banned Islamist governmental enactment Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan successful Lahore connected 23 October. Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Sajid Saifi, spokesperson for Rizvi’s party, said supporters spent the nighttime adjacent the Ravi River Bridge and successful the aboriginal greeting started again toward Islamabad contempt dense teargas.

Saifi said the immense assemblage removed barricades and exited the metropolis limits but again faced information forces adjacent the municipality of Kala Shah Kako.

Saifi said “many” enactment supporters were injured by teargas canisters arsenic they attempted to permission Lahore. Witnesses said the rally-goers were connected ft but immoderate vehicles were moving alongside them to instrumentality the injured to hospitals and to bring nutrient and water.

Rizvi’s enactment gained prominence successful Pakistan’s 2018 elections, campaigning connected a azygous issue: defending the country’s blasphemy law, which calls for the decease punishment for anyone who insults Islam. It has a past of staging convulsive protests to unit the authorities to judge its demands.