South Asia

Qadri’s supporters hold Islamabad’s Red Zone under siege

Protesters clash with police near the Parliament building in Islamabad, on Sunday.  

Thousands of supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged for killing Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, held Pakistan capital’s high-security red zone under siege on Monday and demanded that he be declared a “martyr.” About 3,000 supporters of Qadri continued their sit in outside the Parliament House and other key government installations for a second day.

On Sunday, the security personnel threw tear gas shells on the protesters in a bid to contain them. At least 42 security officials and 16 citizens were injured in the clashes, Geo News reported.

The police have detained several people for vandalising public property.

Meanwhile, mobile phone services in the capital have been blocked. The government has asked citizens to stay away from the area.

The government had called in the Army to control the law and order situation in the capital after some protesters resorted to violence and allegedly damaged public property.

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