Pakistani Islamists Repeat Police Clashes

Thousands of banned militant Islamic party supporters left the city of Lahore in eastern Pakistan and clashed with police who scattered tear gas into the crowd on the second day.

The group began their journey on Friday with the goal of arriving in Islamabad, the capital, to pressure the government to release Saad Rizvi, the leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik party.

Lizbi was arrested last year during a demonstration against France over the publication of a portrait of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

A violent clash between security forces and Muslims broke out in Lahore on Friday, killing at least two police and two demonstrators.

Lizbi party spokesman Sajid Saifi said supporters spent the night near the Rabbi River Bridge and left for Islamabad again in tear gas early Saturday morning.

Saifi said a large crowd had removed the barricades and left the city’s borders, but faced security forces again near the town of Karashakako.

He said “many” party supporters were injured by tear gas canisters as they tried to leave Lahore.

The Lizbi party drew attention in Pakistan’s 2018 elections and campaigned on one issue of defending the country’s blasphemy law, which demands the death penalty for those who insult Islam.

It has a history of performing violent protests to pressure the government to accept the request.

Pakistani Islamists Repeat Police Clashes

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