The clashes began on Saturday when police launched an operation involving some 4,000 officers to disperse around 1000 Tehreek-e-Labaik Party members and break up their cabinet.>>
The protesters have paralyzed daily life in the capital and have defied court orders to disband, demanding the firing of the minister of law. Tehreek-e-Labaik blames the Minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy. The government puts the issue down to a clerical error.
Death to blasphemers is a central rallying cry for Tehreek-e-Labaik. Which was born out of a protest movement lionizing Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of the governor of Punjab Province, who gunned down his boss in 2011 over his call to reform strict blasphemy laws. The party, which advocates strict rule by Islamic Sharia law, won 7.6% of the vote in a by-election in Peshawar last month.
Pakistan's government now trying to end the situation, fearing violence during a crackdown similar to 2007 which led to the deaths of more than 100 people. A spokesman for Tehreek-e-Labaik telling Reuters, the group would not stop protesting and will fight until the end.>>