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Pakistan deploys army in Islamabad after protests turn violent

26 Nov 2017 | By Shiladitya Ray
Pakistan deploys army after violent clashes in Islamabad

The Pakistan government had to call in the army to restore law and order after clashes between hardline religious groups and the police in Islamabad resulted in the death and injury of 6 and over 200 people respectively.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa are expected to hold a meeting to discuss the situation.

In context: Pakistan deploys army after violent clashes in Islamabad

26 Nov 2017Pakistan deploys army in Islamabad after protests turn violent

ClashesPolice and paramilitary forces withdraw after clashes turn violent

The police, aided by paramilitary outfits Pakistan Rangers and the Frontier Constabulary, launched an assault against activists of the Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan religious groups who had blocked an important highway in Islamabad for over three weeks.

However, the security forces had to withdraw after the clashes turned violent and the army was subsequently deployed.

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Clashes leave six dead and over 200 injured

Deaths & injuriesClashes leave six dead and over 200 injured

The police and paramilitary forces tried using tear gas and rubber bullets to make the protesters disperse.

According to Dawn, at least six people were killed in the clashes. Meanwhile, health officials said that over 200 protesters and 95 security personnel had been injured including nine senior police officers.

However, no security personnel was killed.