No letup, religious parties protest continues

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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD; Protestors belonging to religious parties clashed with Islamabad police yesterday as the law-enforcers attempted to clear main Faizabad Interchange to end traffic woes faced by residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on ninth day of the anti-government protest. According to reports, the Islamabad police cracked down on the protestors, who have been camping outside Islamabad for last nine days, in a bid to clear Faizabad Interchange; however, the angry protestors pelted police with stones, injuring a senior police officer. The sit-in has crippled life in the federal capital and Rawalpindi, causing massive traffic jam at various points on the motorway connecting Lahore and Islamabad. Three cases have been registered against leaders of religious parties staging the sit-in outside Islamabad. Religious groups, led by Tehreek-e-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan and Sunni Tehreek Pakistan, are demanding removal of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid from his position, calling for an inquiry against him over a recent legislation, that was later reversed by the government, about Khatm-e-Nabuwat. There is a deadlock in talks between government and leaders of the religious groups, with only one meeting held for negotiations. Reports said a few leaders and activists of the religious groups have been arrested from different parts of the Punjab, including Faisalabad.

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