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Nearly 2,000 pro-Qadri protesters continue sit-in outside Parliament

Updated Mar 28, 2016 06:46pm


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Supporters of the religious parties hold sit-in protest outside the parliament building in Islamabad.─AP
Supporters of the religious parties hold sit-in protest outside the parliament building in Islamabad.─AP
Religious party leaders speaking to protesters on Islamabad's D-Chowk on Monday. ─ Photo: Facebook
Religious party leaders speaking to protesters on Islamabad's D-Chowk on Monday. ─ Photo: Facebook

ISLAMABAD: Around 2,000 people protesting the execution of Mumtaz Qadri — a former Punjab police commando hanged last month for assassinating Punjab governor Salman Taseer — are staging a sit-in at D-Chowk within the capital's Red Zone.

The demonstration that started early Sunday evening is still underway although the crowd has diminished from 10,000 to around 2,000 protesters.

People look at trucks burnt by supporters of Sunni Tehreek during a march toward the parliament.─AP People look at trucks burnt by supporters of Sunni Tehreek during a march toward the parliament.─AP

The protesters led by Sunni Tehreek (ST) and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool (SAW) leadership had arrived in the capital on Sunday to attend Qadri's chehlum presented a charter of demand before the government and announced to stay in the Red Zone unless the government accepts these demands, which include implementation of Shariah in the country and declaring Mumtaz Qadri a martyr.

The set of 10 demands issued under the banner of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool (SAW), include the unconditional release of all Sunni clerics and leaders booked on various charges, including terrorism and murder; the recognition of Mumtaz Qadri as a martyr and the conversion of his Adiala Jail cell into a national heritage site; assurances that the blasphemy laws will not be amended; and the removal of Ahmadis and other non-Muslims who had occupied key posts.

Supporters of the religious parties chant slogans during a sit-in protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.─AP Supporters of the religious parties chant slogans during a sit-in protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.─AP

They also demanded the execution of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi, the woman former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was killed for defending.

Related: Liaquat Bagh to D-Chowk — a trail of destruction

The government on Sunday 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.

The protest had turned violent as participants removed containers and blockades on the way to the Parliament House and also set some containers to fire before arriving outside the building where fiery anti-government speeches are being delivered.

Riot police had used tear gas and batons to disperse the stone-pelting crowd from the high-security zone outside the parliament building. A policeman fires teargas shell towards the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri during a clash in Islamabad on March 27, 2016. – AFP A policeman fires teargas shell towards the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri during a clash in Islamabad on March 27, 2016. – AFP

Related: Violent mobs catch law enforcers off guard

Several major arteries leading to Islamabad were closed by authorities to block the crowd's route.

Cellular services were suspended in the Red Zone and adjoining areas before dawn on Monday.

Sunday's protest was almost entirely ignored by the media, which has increasingly become subject to government-ordered news blackouts designed to prevent unrest from spiralling out of control.

Regulatory body Pemra had cautioned channels against “jeopardising the National Action Plan” and said they should avoid coverage “driven by crass commercialisation like in India.”

Qadri, was working as a bodyguard for Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer when he shot him 29 times in 2011 over the governor's call to reform the blasphemy law, which critics say is frequently misused to oppress religious minorities.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where even unproven allegations can stir mob violence and lynchings.

Critics including European governments say the country's blasphemy laws are often misused to settle personal scores.


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najaf Mar 27, 2016 08:34pm

why were they allowed to hold a procession. Why is that 5-10% people with this thinking are holding the entire nation as hostage?

UFO Mar 27, 2016 08:35pm

What a golden opportunity for police to do target practice. Please do it.

M.Saeed Mar 27, 2016 08:54pm

Those who are hell-bent upon derailing the democracy are using every opportunity, right or wrong to create a situation that can only lead to escalation if tried to suppress by force. This should be avoided at all costs and all political parties must unite on a simple agenda, not to engage horns with Judiciary law enforcement agencies or armed forces.

nadim Mar 27, 2016 08:56pm

Again the Famous D ground. So gather few thousand men and march and u have world focus.

Faheem... Mar 27, 2016 08:56pm

Their condemnation is useless nothing will come out but total damage to our country and many harms for public, being religious dont they think logically this is not the way to stand out for justice, instead of getting justice they are going against justice if they think that protesting is necessory they should do it peacefully in a big area which doesnt harm any one... we have too many protestor against our country one is now more added

shahid Mar 27, 2016 08:57pm

listen to voice of ppl .what these ppl want let's talk with them on table

Fani Mar 27, 2016 09:07pm

Few thousands religious fanatics can't subjugate the Nation...!!

Khan - Pakistani , USA Mar 27, 2016 09:09pm

A government who could not protect the capital is the most incompetent and most weak government !

Indian-dilse Mar 27, 2016 09:12pm

In such incidents Pakistan can not blame foreign hand.Pakistan army must bring situation under control quickly and defeat fanatics.

Osman Mar 27, 2016 09:16pm

This is ridiculous they are supporting a murderer!

Common Sense Mar 27, 2016 09:19pm

These protesters are the real enemies of this nation. No one can take the law into their own hands.

Jalbani Baloch Mar 27, 2016 09:21pm

The State should maintain its writ at any cost and not allow the protesters to take rewards from the death penalty awarded to Mr. Mumtaz Qadri, who killed Mr. Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab. If a handful of protesters can challenge the writ of the State, then if God forbid, a procession bigger than this, could march forward to Islamabad to topple the Government and wield the power by making Pakistan a theocratic State. Arrest all leaders, who instigated the people and breached the high security zone.

Dare Mar 27, 2016 09:26pm

Co-ordinated attck in Lahore and Islamabad by the enemies of Islam and friends of Daesh.

Ali Muzaffar Mar 27, 2016 09:27pm

These are the people that are the root cause of what happened in Lahore . Mumtaz qadri took a like of a innocent human being ( which is like killing the whole mankind ) Wake up Pakistanis before it's too late

pakistani Mar 27, 2016 09:31pm

Govt will be taken down if it acts against will of the people , simple as that.

Agha Ata Mar 27, 2016 09:33pm

Do we have no scholar, politician, professor, thinker who could come on the TV and give a powerful explanation for a few days after such a thing happens? We know people are led by selfish politicians, but some of them would, change and they would change some more. I said so, because if you ask any protestor why he is angry he would give you a rote- learnt cliche of how Qadri was right and his hanging was wrong, havinmg absolutely no idae of the facts.

aamir Mar 27, 2016 09:40pm

Authorities are requested to focus these real issues that affecting nationally rather than just focusing only selective areas of country which are easy to propagate in media.

indian left Mar 27, 2016 09:42pm

This is bigger than JNU movement, more power to people and freedom of speech .

Ahmed bin Babar Mar 27, 2016 09:43pm

This violence has nothing doing with the Holy Prophet (SAW) who was and still the symbol of patience and forgiveness for all times and spaces..!

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 27, 2016 09:57pm

Islam teaches love, peace, tolerance and forgiveness. No religion can tolerate violence. Somebody tell these fanatics that they are doing no good to Islam and humanity.They are insane spoiling the already spoiled image of country abroad. Enough is enough, deal with them iron hand.

Pathetic Mar 27, 2016 10:02pm

Why not disband the Police? For minor things Army is called in. This is for two reasons: lack of faith in this corrupted Police and second pass the buck.

Fahad Mar 27, 2016 10:12pm

@Ahmed bin Babar Rahmat ul il Alameen. These people have nothing to do with His teachings

Muzmo Mar 27, 2016 10:35pm

I heard on ARY that govt allowed this. Wow what a govt. How could they allow this in the first place, which is totally against NAP.

Hassan Sharif Manj Mar 27, 2016 10:38pm

Mob again took the rein of Islamabad.

Wew lad Mar 27, 2016 10:39pm

@Pathetic What can the police do? If the police take action then everyone will start crying about police brutality, they dont really have an option.

Muhammad Zafar iqbal Mar 27, 2016 10:40pm

All law offenders must be awarded exemplary punishment, all their so called leaders must be taken to task.

Shaz Mar 27, 2016 10:43pm

These politically favoured and appointed policemen of Islamabad can even do a inch of their job. Shameless politicians and their favoured policemen.

bilal Mar 27, 2016 10:43pm

what is stopping to put them all behind bars. this menace can be only controlled this way

Ansir.khan Mar 27, 2016 10:44pm

This sort of ignorance is one of the foremost reasons Pakistan is struggling to prosper. This is not good for our country or for our religion. One can just feel sad and dejected to see this level of misplaced religious sentiment.

Shaz Mar 27, 2016 10:45pm

All these people have violated the law today, they should have been behind bars for doing this. Do you have this courage Mr. Nisar do will again to traditional politics on this also.

Ansir.khan Mar 27, 2016 10:46pm

@shahid One can talk with people who have some sense and tolerance. These people clearly have neither

Rida Mar 27, 2016 10:47pm

Why were they allowed to gather in Laiquat Bagh??

Skeptic Mar 27, 2016 10:48pm

Several months ago, a government official boldly proclaimed complete victory over militants groups in the country.

I hope no one is naive enough that this menace can be eradicated overnight, or completely anytime soon. I shudder to imagine what tomorrow may bring!

Shan Mar 27, 2016 10:48pm

cant believe people actually support killing of innocent!

M.Saeed Mar 27, 2016 10:49pm

Need to clamp emergency in the sensitive areas and round-up the miscreants for facing the due wrath of law. Nobody should be allowed to take law in his hands.

KM3 Mar 27, 2016 10:52pm

@Dr Riffat Jabeen Why don't you start telling them for a start? Easy to comment na? Its' the mind set that has to be changed. And how? By education.

ayush Mar 27, 2016 10:53pm

murder of democracy

Hindutavi Rakshas Mar 27, 2016 10:56pm

Asking for trouble.

Ali Rizvi Mar 27, 2016 11:00pm

Complete failure on part of government 1) failure to stop the event to be held at liaqat bagh 2) failure to stop turning the procession violent 3) failure to stop the protestors from reaching the red zone!!

salman Mar 27, 2016 11:03pm

where are the protesters for the blast at the Lahore park? no one protesting that?

Qamar Mar 27, 2016 11:06pm

What good is police for if military is called in for controlling the crowd?

Nadeem Mar 27, 2016 11:10pm

Whats happening? Where has the patience / tolerance gone? :-(

pK Mar 27, 2016 11:16pm

No mercy for these people please.. they are a disgrace to everyone. .

Abxz Mar 27, 2016 11:16pm

It is starting at last. The beginning of the end.

Aatir Ehrar Mar 27, 2016 11:17pm

Though I am absolutely against this protest but protest is their right. But they haven't got any right to burn cars, manhandle people or fire guns and damage property. They should be punished. When will law and order prevail in this country?

Anonymous Mar 27, 2016 11:18pm

@Dr Riffat Jabeen Unfortunately there are two varieties of Islam, the one you think and the one they think . Unfortunately for Pakistan and the world the one they think is getting for more traction than yours for some of the people.

Feroz Mar 27, 2016 11:38pm

Find out who the organizers and motivators of this group were and charge them under relevant laws.

Uniden Mar 27, 2016 11:44pm

Sorry brother. All are bad terrorist nothing is Good. Rip the innocents. .may god give the strength to families.

SAEED MASOOD Mar 27, 2016 11:44pm

There should be a limit to all this severe force should be used to protect the peoples lives and property

A Shah Mar 27, 2016 11:45pm

These protesters are the people voice and the government cannot suppress them anymore.

F Khan Mar 27, 2016 11:46pm

What is going on here? Why a vicious murderer of an Innocent person being celebrated? Where is this going? Are we civilized people and is there no Law for these people? The new Nation & Country was created by Quid e Azam to live in Harmony according to our Prophet's(PBUH) principles of Tolerance & Justice for all. For God's sake wake up and cleanse this mess before it is too late

kanwarch Mar 27, 2016 11:51pm

@Pathetic Police is to protect VVIP only. It is not for public.

moni Mar 28, 2016 12:05am

@najaf because 90% peaceful people silently watching it not coming on street to say you do not represent us. They are either too scared or dont care where country is going.

Agha Ata Mar 28, 2016 12:15am

@Pathetic A brutal truth!

Sami Mar 28, 2016 12:16am

They shouldn't be allowed to gather Only 4 or 5 percent of people can not implement thier thinking They are supporting Killer Gov should take strict action or else it will be big problem

Sunil Mar 28, 2016 12:18am

Country with fanatics, will always be in chaos.

Adil Mar 28, 2016 12:47am

These people need to be dealt with strictly, we can not be held hostage by these people.

The End is Near Mar 28, 2016 12:52am

Pakistani Government must finish religious fanatics. Otherwise these fanatics hatemongers will finish Pakistan.

Abbassin Mar 28, 2016 01:03am

@pakistani /The last time I checked this government, and the one before this was elected through a ballot by the people of the country-and that to me is the government of all the people of the country. It has every right to rule and protect the country and the people through laws and institutions, and does not have to bow to the wishes of the 1% medieval thugs-who want to drag the country back the dark ages.

omar Mar 28, 2016 01:18am

@Dr Riffat Jabeen Actions speak louder than words,aptly applies here.

muhammad asghar Mar 28, 2016 01:53am

@pakistani what is will of these violent people

muhammad asghar Mar 28, 2016 01:54am

these are small violent minority and not represent nation

TZaman Mar 28, 2016 01:59am

Again these fanatics are disturbing the fragile peace. It is high time that sane, normal civil society should hold massive peaceful rallies all over the country to shut the mouth and fallacies of these self-proclaimed beholders of our nation's faith.

Philosopher (from Japan) Mar 28, 2016 02:08am

Should be treated with iron fist.

amin Mar 28, 2016 02:14am

PM should cancel his forthcoming visit to USA

Amir Mar 28, 2016 02:16am

where is Gov sleeping??

Hakim Mar 28, 2016 02:16am

Please get rid of these miscreants

Syed Waqar Ali Mar 28, 2016 03:21am

Why the mob could reach D chowk Islamabad all the way from Rawalpindi. Why they were not confined to Faizabad. The mob must be treated with iron hand.

Ahmed Mar 28, 2016 03:36am

Where is the rule of law. Where Is your iron hand?

Muzzamil Mar 28, 2016 03:50am

I think 10k never came out to protest terrorism in Pakistan. Again still vast majority of Pakistanis still remain conservative. I don't think Pakistan will never get the peace unless all extremist kicked out of the country.

Mo Mar 28, 2016 04:03am

What is happening to Pakistan ? Please someone end this violence and religious fanaticism

Irfan Baloch Mar 28, 2016 04:18am

@UFO amen to that. may their aim be true and on target

javeed Mar 28, 2016 05:11am

I fear! There can never be peace unless we all come to the same page! These protestors consider a murderer a saint! There is something very much wrong with their interpretation of religion. They have been preached to behave that way. The seroms by molvis inside n outside mosques should be controlled & monitered by govt! Madrassa system also needs to be corrected....

Am Mar 28, 2016 06:08am

I thought this cancer was in remission but it is spreading fast.

Hassan Mar 28, 2016 06:13am

There are around 8 million Pakistan's living abroad. Most of them have a vision, education, intellect and sense to make Pakistan a progressive and successful country. The only thing that stops most of them from coming back to Pakistan are these social elements. 80% of the good population will move back to Pakistan if army moves these 5% good for nothing senseless people who have been a shame for the nation for good to an isolated island.

Pakistani Mar 28, 2016 06:24am

What is happening to these people why are they becoming zombies?? what are they doing?? Why can't they live in peace and let the whole nation live in peace??

em ahmed Mar 28, 2016 06:39am

Totally misguided peopled. Majority of people live in Pakistan don't support their views.

vasudevan Mar 28, 2016 07:58am

He murdered the person whom he was paid to protect. Indira Gandhi's killers were also her own bodyguards. Yet people are hell-bent on supporting such bodyguards!! The power of religion makes us blind to sense of fairness and duty

ali Mar 28, 2016 08:16am

The good thing is that such culprits represents even less than 5% of the thinking of the people of Pakistan.

peer research Mar 28, 2016 08:26am

The federal government MUST NOT use Force on the Common people.

Sameer Mar 28, 2016 08:40am

@The End is Near There are fanatics on the ground...and fanatics in th3 gov.

peer research Mar 28, 2016 08:55am

The federal government MUST NOT use Force on the Common people.

Naveed Mar 28, 2016 09:11am

Shame, shame, shame. Another shameful chapter begins in the history of Pakistan

Fani Mar 28, 2016 09:20am

Only 2000...what the hell is going on...where are security agencies...????

ahmad Mar 28, 2016 09:33am

These are the people who are holding our country to progress. We should get rid of these people as soon as possible.

syed shafiq Mar 28, 2016 09:51am

They all are those who has nothing do in their life .

Vijay, salem Mar 28, 2016 10:00am

Just now read an article in The Hindu about this Qadri by the son of the assassinated.Nearly 1 lac people turned up for Qadri funeral voluntarily equal to the respect shown to Jinnah.Where is Pakistan heading to? God save this country.

Faisal Mar 28, 2016 10:05am

Thankyou PTI for starting the new trend of sit in at parliament.

JeeayPak Mar 28, 2016 10:49am

Their commands are completely absurd. These people should be jailed.

RB Tahir Mar 28, 2016 11:02am

Bangladesh and Egypt formulas need to be followed if we want to progress. Entire nation is gradually being hijacked by these extremist Mullas. Please separate religion from State affairs.

ayush bihar Mar 28, 2016 11:09am

in democracy everyone has right to protest non violently .let him sit there and arrest him if turns violent

M Shahid Yousaf Mar 28, 2016 11:16am

If government had tackled this sensitive issue properly no protest would have taken place. We should see this protest in Namoos Risalt(SAW) context, people are frustrated and dismal and they found that the protest is only way to tell our griefs to govt. Though damaging public and govt property is not a proper way to protest but I thing govt is equally culpable in this regard.

Fawzia H Mar 28, 2016 11:25am

Two weeks ago I commented on the planned pro Qadri gathering, saying this should be stopped at all costs. I wonder if I as an onlooker can see where this plan was going why did the government fail to see. Absolutely shocking.

Merchant Mar 28, 2016 11:46am

@Vijay, salem it is not clear how many were actually Qadri's sympathisers and how many were enemy agents who are always present in gatherings which can bring bad name to Pakistan.

adeel Mar 28, 2016 12:34pm

No talks at all, it is all Govt weakness that they have dealt such issues with 'talks' & 'dialogues' (eg PTI famous dharna which prolonged for months). Such possessions should be gripped with iron hand & extremists should be arrested to set an example and to establish writ of the state.

Imran Mar 28, 2016 12:51pm

They should all be arrested and charged with appropriate criminal code violations (especially the leaders) and then sent home.

Parvez Mar 28, 2016 01:15pm

Either is government is weak or complicit......both ways its a disgrace.

Fareed.hussain Mar 28, 2016 01:26pm

All one can say is that the protesters have a brass neck. They have come out support a convicted murderer, damaged public property and are now demanding a reward for their efforts. They should be put behind bars until the hidden key is found from the desert.

Timeto stopthis Mar 28, 2016 01:30pm

This was not the vision that the founders of Pakistan had for this country. If they were alive they would be shocked to see what a mess this country has become. Talk about completely wrong priorities of the leaders of this country and its people. Instead of focusing on growth and education, the focus has become religious intolerance and extremism. Sad state of affairs.

AW Mar 28, 2016 01:33pm

Why is the government watching this mayhem and doing nothing? Remove these extremists from the D-chowk who are sympathizers of terror and arrest them under terrorism act. why delay?

Naved Mar 28, 2016 02:12pm

For years this is the practice of the Govt. to allow the violent demonstrators to ransack the public properly and create law & order problem. And then react very late by the time damage has already been done. What type of demonstration management and control is this??

Ayaz Mar 28, 2016 03:21pm

It seems Pakistan State has become so weak that a few hundred Rogue will come, capture Islamabad and paralyze the entire government forces i.e. Police and even Paramilitary Rangers! What is the legal and moral authority of present government to rule the country if it can not handle a couple of hundred people.

Zak Mar 28, 2016 03:56pm

@pakistani these extremists do not represent the people, but a coterie of religious leaders, who use them for power play.

Zak Mar 28, 2016 03:58pm

@Hassan pakistan is never isolated. Good leadership will control this misguided bunch. But pakistan is a rolls Royce product with bad drivers. It's as simple as that.

akram Mar 28, 2016 04:05pm

they should never have been allowed anywhere near parliament, however give it a coupe of days and we will see how many are left. This lot will dissappear eventually, though the security services should be monitoring the groups involved as they are also likely to be involved in terrorism as supporters, and should be kept away from teaching jobs involving kids.

ahmad Mar 28, 2016 04:25pm

Operation like Lal masjid should be launched against these protestors. Good opportunity to eliminate them once and forever.

khanm Mar 28, 2016 04:49pm

@najaf ... it is all about courage ...You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor....unfortunately we dont not have either

Ahmad Mar 28, 2016 04:51pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA you mean they should use the force and the people behind these things achieve what they want?

Nasiroski Mar 28, 2016 04:54pm

Leaders of this mob should be made to sweep and clean the streets they vandalized

khanm Mar 28, 2016 04:57pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA ...The best protection any man or any one can have... is courage.... we don't have and our government doesn't have it either...

khanm Mar 28, 2016 05:00pm

@Osman pal are being blinded by extremism...The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Where are we? Mar 28, 2016 05:21pm

Look at these protesters. Simply illiterate and extremists. These mullas are the biggest enemies of Islam.

Ilias Mar 28, 2016 05:31pm

Just close down the road and entries all around, and they will disappear with in a day or two, never allow other people to start business for selling food etc, what a stupid situation again...

The Outsider Mar 28, 2016 05:41pm

I think 290 million Pakistanis should also do a sit in with a list of demands. That these religious fanatics be jailed, their voices silenced and those engaging in violence should be executed. The people of PK have to stand up to these extremist bullies. Then you will see how small they will become and how fast they will run,

Aftab khan Mar 28, 2016 06:06pm

Anyone supporting a terrorist is a terrorist. They police should stop watching give them 30 minutes notice after that clear by force! 99 percent of Pakistanis would be delighted! Regards Aftab

Syed Hassan Mar 28, 2016 06:07pm

What wrong did the trailer and the driver conducted? With violence, if one think that they can get this matter sorted, they are sorely wrong. Government's incompetency is proven. The question is whether PM will take any action against the interior ministry?

Ghaznavi Mar 28, 2016 06:11pm

These are the people that we need to deal with ! a mere 2000! State must deal with these criminal supporters with iron fist and set a precedence.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 28, 2016 06:22pm

@KM3 I've been doing and still doing in my capacity and where I am. As a matter of fact, Being a teacher, I've been playing my role but my resources are limited. We should all work together.

Omar Mar 28, 2016 06:39pm

These 2000 people should be arrested. Time to send the FC in with batons.

Jamhoor Mar 28, 2016 07:00pm

If you allow one dharna and don't do anything to stop then everyone thinks that doing another dharna won't do any harm.

zaheedmalik Mar 28, 2016 07:04pm

This is all Imran Khan fault of creating a habit of protest and blocking the capital. Now there groups following it.

Patriot Mar 28, 2016 07:17pm

@Omar totally agree.

Muzammil Mar 28, 2016 07:39pm

Need to change mindset. People can't understand what is right and wrong. There could be millions of Qadri and Taliban sympathizers in Pakistan. Pakistan needs to controls madrasas and Masjid and Khutbas need to be approved. This is the only reason why there is no rebellion in Saudi Arabia.

malik Mar 28, 2016 07:45pm

What sort of country is this where it needs army to protect itself from its own people. Why Government don't spread awareness even in the case of Blasphemy The accused can not be killed on a roadside shooting.

Moni Mar 28, 2016 07:52pm

I wish they were there to protest lahore attack,peshawar attack ,isis,taliban. If i could i would have sit with them but.....what do u expect from these people

N_Saq Mar 28, 2016 07:52pm

There is nothing wrong with protests. Protest is the basic right of the people. So let them protest but if a law is broken then action must be taken right away without hesitation and those breaking the law must be punished swiftly and severely.

Let them sit there as these protest will not last long. They can sit as long as they want if they are within their legal rights. These are mostly poor people and eventually have to go back to work in order to feed their families.

Syeda Hamna UmerJafry Mar 28, 2016 08:12pm

Oh My God... what are they doing to our city

Adil Jadoon Mar 28, 2016 08:42pm

Arrest them and confiscate their damage caused. There is no place for such bigots in this country.

Shah Mar 28, 2016 08:47pm

Looking at the pictures of those gathered in the D Chowk you can easily tell, their IQ.

Bilal Mar 28, 2016 08:57pm

so these people will support murder of innocent??? Have they condemned the Lahore carnage?

How is society allowing this nonsense? will people ever wake up and stand up against these extremist savages?

Babar Mar 28, 2016 08:59pm

when will society open their eyes and stand up against these savages??? When? how many more innocent lives need to be lost?

Mirza Mar 28, 2016 09:02pm

Arrest all of them.

Ahsan Gul Mar 28, 2016 09:14pm

What kind of government is running our country? Find the leaders and perpetrators of this demonstration, charge them the loss of property and put them in jail until case is put up in courts.

saqib ghumman Mar 28, 2016 09:17pm

Arrest them

Asgher Ali Mar 28, 2016 09:22pm

Each and every one of these protestors looks like a terrorist. Why are these guys roaming free?

T. M. Wazir Mar 28, 2016 09:33pm

Obviously, these 2000 people have nothing better to do in their lives otherwise, they wouldn't be sitting down uselessly. Country will not succeed next two centuries if we still have people with mindset like these useless disturbing peace and lives of others.

Chicago Mar 28, 2016 09:51pm

Get rid of these thugs from the street of Islamabad by force by all means.

JZ Mar 28, 2016 09:52pm

Totally unacceptable. Get behind the people who are funding them and get rid of them. These people have expose themselves now just get rid of them. Problem solve

vicky Mar 28, 2016 10:47pm

@Dr Riffat Jabeen

Peace Mar 28, 2016 10:55pm

so have any of these protesters donated blood to Lahore victims or offered financial help to the injured or to family members who lost bread winners?

Can someone answer this question?

subrat Mar 28, 2016 11:06pm

If these people are allowed to control the society, pakistan can not progress even after thousand years.

slama Mar 28, 2016 11:12pm

now that we know who they are make sure ID each one and take their pictures and thumb prints, they just made it easier for security forces to ID them and track them.

Syed Anjum Ali Mar 28, 2016 11:15pm

I think that this is the ultimate test of our government and armed forces in the ongoing war against terror and implementation of NAP-- they must make clear , firmly, that Mumtaz Qadri was a murder and not a martyr and that no mob can hold the nation hostage. enough is enough.

Pukudengutha Mar 29, 2016 12:26am

All their demands mean just two words "ruin Pakistan".

Pakistani Mar 29, 2016 01:18am

It is very awkward that to control 2000 people (according to news), 6000 rangers & police personnel arr brought .. Funny

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Mohsin Mar 29, 2016 03:34am

We as people don't stand behind what we say.I remember it was exactly the same tone before Lal Masjid episode,why the govt. does not fix it.When they did after law enforcers were fired from inside the mosque,after some time the whole nation forgot the event leading to the action and remembered innocent people inside.when we will learn how to take a position and stand firmly behind that,things will get better.Till then,it's only immediate situation handling.This attitude we have as a nation will not fix the real fault lines we have.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Mar 29, 2016 04:11am

This is a lawless, violent mob openly on the opposite side of law and must be dealt with full force of law and those who are leading and provocation them must be quickly and decisively dealt with.

MMM Mar 29, 2016 05:01am

General Zia!!!!!! You see what you did?

M Mar 29, 2016 05:43am

These radicals should be booked for inciting violence and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

chacha Mar 29, 2016 06:16am

Misguide people with misogynist ideas, they should read Islam themselves rather then following some peer sahib. An eye for a eye, just delayed is justice denied.

Qamar Mar 29, 2016 07:24am

@Indian-dilse is the Indian govt controlled the fanatics. No.

S. Salim Mar 29, 2016 08:01am

@Shah agree certainly non of them is a rocket scientist.

citizen Mar 29, 2016 09:03am

Protests and freedom of expression are fundamental rights in a democracy..Government should solve this problem in an amicable way..

Vishal Mar 29, 2016 09:16am

I wonder who are these guys ! .. what they do for their living ! Are they all jobless who have enough time doing this dharna .. who is feeding them. who is behind them, supporting them.. Please find and expose !

Faizan Qureshi Mar 29, 2016 10:06am

People have a right to protest and no doubt they are very peaceful people

Farhan Mar 29, 2016 10:57am

Government should treat this matter professionally and peacefully.

Sami Ullah Swati Mar 29, 2016 11:54am

Qadri betrayed his own oath and is a convict. So why this fuss about him now???

Muhammad Suleman Mar 29, 2016 02:04pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA Government is the reason of being weakest by itself and there will be a day when masses would take government down to hell that they deserves!

Pedro Sam Mar 29, 2016 02:40pm

@indian left - JNU so called students are free loaders. They are living on tax payers money and playing politics. Universities are temples of education and there is no place for dirty politics. brw the left parties have decimated worldwide

correctit Mar 29, 2016 03:11pm

Results of medieval education

Amin Syed Mar 29, 2016 03:56pm

@najaf! when IK started the politics of Procession, a lot of people were saying the same thing but now a trend has set! whoever can collect 2000 people can go and sit there!

Nas123 Mar 29, 2016 04:00pm

Arrest and charge the protest leaders using anti-terror laws. That will put an end to this farce. Qadri killed a person without trial and confessed to the murder.

Anyone sympathizing with his actions needs to be locked up otherwise they are a threat to everyone.

shahzad Mar 29, 2016 04:10pm

@Vishal they never worked a day in their lives. They live off charity from abroad whose idealogy they are promoting. Stop funding from abroad and they will go away. By abroad i do not mean the indian subcontinent.

Really Mar 29, 2016 04:14pm

as a individual every one will have their own opinion. but as a society we have some mechanism to live peacefully together. if we allow each individual to allow implement their own opinion that is the end of human society. hope government will realize it before it is tooo late.

Nargis Mar 29, 2016 04:58pm

They should all be put behind bars.

Zack Khan Mar 29, 2016 05:34pm

WE need to get rid of these people!

Zack Khan Mar 29, 2016 05:34pm

@UFO I agree!

shaukat Mar 29, 2016 06:41pm

How do they justify their existence?

mani Mar 29, 2016 07:50pm

These sort of ppl comes out for protests, only when their Masters orders them to do so. So the question is who is directing them. They have nothing good to do in their own lives, they see the word with the same prospective. They are protesting in a favor of a murderer, what a shame . Please send them to jail may be they realize what they are doing.

Khan -Pakistani - USA Mar 29, 2016 07:59pm

This government is great ! First they let bad things happen and then they try to fix it !

Simba Mar 29, 2016 09:18pm

I can even see security persons sitting with the protestors. What's the matter?

suchbaath Mar 29, 2016 10:09pm

Government should declare the party affiliation of these protestors, or ask the Islamic parties JUI, JI and other leaders of Islamic parties to speak against these protestor and their demands which conflicts with Constitution of Pakistan. Media should be interviewing the leaders of JUI & JI and other Islamic scholars to discuss heir demands in line with the Constitution and Islamic laws.

Sarah1 Mar 30, 2016 10:05am

Rightful protesters are being suppressed. This is intolerance on the govt's part.