Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in

Source: The Guardian

Capital on near lockdown after rally in support of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi in row over electoral oath wording

Members of the Tehreek-e Labaik Pakistan party shout slogans during the sit-in.
 Members of the Tehreek-e Labaik Pakistan party shout slogans during the sit-in. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric, which has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.

Thousands of supporters of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of the Tehreek-e Labbaik Pakistan party, are demanding that the law and justice minister, who they accuse of undercutting blasphemy laws, resign.

Fearing violence at a combustible time in Pakistani politics, police have blocked several roads with shipping containers to prevent protesters from reaching government buildings.

“The police have beaten up our peaceful protesters,” said one protester, Faisal, 37. “We are ready to get our heads cut off for this cause. We are protecting the prophet, because if we won’t, who will?”

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  1. ===“The police have beaten up our peaceful protesters,” said one protester, Faisal, 37. “We are ready to get our heads cut off for this cause. We are protecting the prophet, because if we won’t, who will?”===

    Actually these protesters are insulting Prophet Muhammad pbuh because they have been rejecting commandment of prophet and Allah as below:

    Those who make a division in Islam.

    Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them. Their case rests with Allah alone; then He will tell them what they have been doing.Q. 6:159.

    Govenment has to protect the right of minority to carry out their belief:

    “And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! rescue
    us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise
    for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help.QS. 4:75.

    I am not a ahmadiyyah Muslim, but I oblgation to protect the right of Ahmadiyyah, Christian etc to carry it out its beliefs in Pakistan. No one had the right to judge other belief, only Allah the right to judge his people.

    Allah will curse and punish those who judge other beliefs

    All ❤️

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