Source: Associated Press
By MUNIR AHMED
ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 3,000 Islamists camped out on the edge of Pakistan’s capital, demanding the removal of the country’s law minister over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill.
The rally began with a few hundred members of the small radical Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party who had gathered earlier this week at the main Faizabad crossing outside Islamabad.
By Friday afternoon, the gathering grew to over 3,000, disrupting public life and prompting police to set up shipping containers on the throughway to prevent the protesters from entering the city. The demonstrators sought the removal of Zahid Hamid, although he has apologized and said the omission of the reference how Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam was a clerical mistake that was later corrected by the parliament.
But demonstrators claim Hamid made the omission purposefully to appease the minority Ahmadis sect.