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Islamists call for Sharia law in Pakistan after Salman Taseer blasphemy row

Thousands of protesters have actually clashed with police in Islamabad in the second day of demonstrations over blasphemy laws in Pakistan.Demonstrators collected outdoors Parliament and other vital buildings to demanding authorities carry out Sharia, or Islamic law.

As lots of as 25,000 protesters inhabited the high-security zone in Islamabad to press their demands, with some setting fire to automobiles. The army was deployed on Sunday to consist of the rioters.


Demonstrators marched from the fort town of Rawalpindi to Islamabad in demonstration at the execution of MumtazQadri, who some hard-line Muslims think about a hero for killing Punjab province governor Salman Taseer.

In January 2011, Qadri shot MrTaseer 28 times for defending a Christian woman imprisoned on blasphemy charges.

MrTaseer had criticised Pakistan’s extreme blasphemy laws after Aasia Bibi was sentenced to death for supposedly insulting Islam and promoting her own faith.

Qadri told police he had actually eliminated the governor because he had actually spoken up against the blasphemy laws – at the time of the murder, thousands needed to the streets in support of Qadri’s views.

In recent weeks, Pakistan’s Islamist celebrations have actually been threatening widespread demos to oppose exactly what they say is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s pro-western position.


Previously this month, the prime minister officially identified holidays commemorated by the country’s minority religious – the Hindu celebration of Holi and the Christian Easter.

They have also knocked draft legislation in Punjab forbidding violence versus women.

A breakaway Taliban faction, which openly promotes Isis, declared responsibility for a suicide bomb attack targeting Christians collected for Easter.

At least 72 people – including 29 children – were eliminated in the attack on Sunday when the bomber struck in a hectic park in the eastern city of Lahore, the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pope Francis condemned the attack as “hideous” and demanded that Pakistani authorities secure spiritual minorities.

Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than 2 million.

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