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> Days of protest over alleged blasphemy coming to an end in Pakistan. The Islamist group responsible calling off further action after the government met their demands. New hardline political party Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan had led demonstrations lasting nearly three weeks, its members angered by a small change in the wording of an electoral law.
The words I believe replacing I solemnly swear in a proclamation of Muhammad as the religion's last prophet. Labaik says that amounts to blasphemy, an offense punishable by death under Pakistan law. 7 people were killed and close to 200 were wounded in one of the protests in Islamabad on Saturday.
Demonstrators wielded sticks and iron rods to block key roads in other cities. Military units later called in to tackle the protests. The demonstrations now called off after the resignation of the law minister behind the wording change. Dozens of party members who were arrested over the weekend also released.
The government has blamed the change on a clerical error and swiftly restored the original formats. The Labaik party has made defending the blasphemy laws its primary campaign pledge for an election expected next year