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Pakistan Islamist chief held, followers conflict with police

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Pakistan police on Monday arrested the chief of a radical Islamist political occasion a day after he threatened the federal government with protests if it didn’t expel France’s Ambassador over depictions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Saad Rizvi was arrested within the jap metropolis of Lahore to “maintain law and order,” mentioned Ghulam Mohammad Dogar, chief of Lahore police.

Rizvi known as on the federal government to honour what he mentioned was a dedication it made in February to his occasion to expel the French envoy earlier than April 20 over the publication in France of depictions of Islam’s Prophet.

The authorities has mentioned that it solely dedicated to debate the matter in Parliament.

Dogar offered no additional particulars concerning the arrest, which rapidly drew condemnation from Rizvi’s supporters who started gathering close to the occasion’s foremost workplace for a protest.

Clashes quickly erupted in Lahore between police and Rizvi’s supporters, who had been additionally rallying on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad, disrupting site visitors and inconveniencing residents. Protesters additionally blocked some roads within the southern port metropolis of Karachi and elsewhere within the nation, elevating fears of violence amid a surge in circumstances of coronavirus in Pakistan.

Rizvi emerged because the chief of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan occasion in November after the sudden dying of his father, Khadim Hussein Rizvi.

Rizvi’s supporters have beforehand held violent rallies in Pakistan to strain the federal government to not repeal the nation’s controversial blasphemy legal guidelines.

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