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Violent protests in Pakistan undermine ruling pro-business party’s re-election prospects, indicating military support for Islamist parties

27 November 2017


The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government today (27 November) accepted the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid – a key demand of Islamist protesters encamped at Faizabad interchange connecting Islamabad and Rawalpindi – following a weekend of violent demonstrations across the country.

The Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) group responded by ending the rally, which began on 8 November. The TLY initiated protests against the government’s amendment of the Electoral Law 2017 in October, specifically regarding the removal of requirements for candidates to affirm their belief in the finality of the Prophet Muhammad – a key tenet of Sunni and Shia Islamic belief systems.

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