Pakistan Bans Protests In Islamabad

Pakistan announced a ban on demonstrations in the Capital City of Islamabad after recent rallies by Islamic extremists led to the destruction of property and forced four days of road closures in the heart of the capital, Reported Business Standard.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the move at a news conference, saying the ban will not be extended to other parts of the country.
The move came after around 25,000 radical Islamists gathered near parliament in Islamabad to protest against the execution of a policeman (Mumtaz Qadri) who assassinated a secular Punjab province governor Salman Taseer over his opposition to Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws. The protesters blocked roads and clashed with police, causing disruption.
Salman Taseer was shot multiple times by his bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Qadri for his views on Pakistan’s blasphemy law and on filing a mercy petition for Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death.
The Pakistan Penal Code prohibits blasphemy against any recognized religion, providing penalties ranging from a fine to death.
In last 3 decades, more than 1300 people have been accused of blasphemy. Over 60 accused have been murdered before trials were over.

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