Pakistan Minister Resigns After Violent Islamist Protests: State Media

Pakistan Minister Resigns After Violent Islamist Protests: State Media

The resignation has been linked to blasphemy that has usually fuelled violence in Muslim Pakistan.

Islamabad, Pakistan:  Pakistan’s regulation minister Zahid Hamid has resigned, state media reported Monday, assembly a key demand of Islamist protesters who’ve clashed violently with safety forces and blockaded the capital Islamabad for weeks.
Hamid “has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to steer the nation out of disaster,” the state-run information company Related Press of Pakistan (APP) mentioned in a report citing unnamed official sources, with out giving additional particulars.

State tv station PTV additionally reported the minister’s resignation, with out citing any sources.
There was no instant affirmation or remark from authorities officers.
Hamid’s resignation was a key demand of the little identified Islamist group that has nearly paralysed Islamabad because it started a sit-in on a serious freeway into the capital on November 6.

The protests have left at the least seven lifeless and a whole bunch injured
The Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLY) have been calling for Hamid’s ousting for weeks over a hastily-abandoned modification to the oath that election candidates should swear.

The protesters have linked it to blasphemy — a extremely contentious situation in Muslim Pakistan that has usually fuelled violence.
On Saturday, safety forces tried to clear the roughly 2,000 demonstrators on the sit-in in a botched operation that devolved into violence, with at the least seven individuals killed and a whole bunch wounded earlier than they have been ordered to retreat.
The clashes fuelled extra protests in different cities, together with Pakistan’s two largest Karachi and Lahore, and noticed 1000’s extra demonstrators arrive on the streets of Islamabad.
The federal government known as on the military to intervene to revive order late Saturday. By Monday morning there nonetheless had been no official response from the army.
The stories of Hamid’s resignation raised hopes that the protest leaders would finish the sit-in, which has enraged commuters with hours-long visitors snarls, induced the dying of at the least one baby whose ambulance couldn’t attain hospital in time, and infuriated the judiciary.
Numbers have been dwindling on the Islamabad protest web site early Monday, with AFP reporters saying round 2,500 demonstrators remained. Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi had not but arrived as Hamid’s resignation was reported.
The minister’s ousting is the most recent in a sequence of heavy blows to the beleaguered Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) authorities as common elections strategy in 2018.
In July, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was deposed by the courts over graft allegations, whereas finance minister Ishaq Dar — additionally accused of corruption — has taken indefinite medical go away.
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