Army called in to secure capital

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Meanwhile, severe clashes were going on between personnel of LEAs consisting of police, FC & Rangers and protesters.

The protesters are demanding that law minister Zahid Hamid resign over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.

At least one person was killed and over 200 injured after police moved in to break "blasphemy" protests.

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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa talked to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and asked him for a peaceful solution to the problem.

Ahsan Iqbal said that protesters had been holding Twin Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi hostage for last 20 days, adding that few elements were misleading innocent minds.

The situation prompted the country's regulatory body for electronic media to take TV broadcasts off the air.

The protesters, belonging to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik, broke into and ransacked the minister's haveli, Express News reported.

The protests began on November 8 with demands that the government restore a key election law clause about the Prophet Mohammad.

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Major social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter have been shut down in major areas of Pakistan, according to reports.

But their weeks of inaction have sparked the wrath of residents as well as Pakistan's judiciary, with the Supreme Court issuing a blistering statement earlier in the week and the Islamabad High Court threatening to hold officials in contempt.

Senior police officer Ismatullah Junejo said police were swiftly clearing the venue as some 300 protesters ignored the final warning to disperse. Dr. Mohammad Altaf Hussain, at Islamabad's main hospital, said 186 people were brought from the rally with minor injuries and respiratory problems.

Where else would PROTESTERS fire teargas shells on SECURITY FORCES?

PEMRA directed news channels to ensure the security of their staff while the situation persisted; in light of which, Geo News as per its tradition of responsible reporting was and continues to abide by the rules.

They reported that police arrested around 150 protesters, some with knives and pistols.

Malik Mohammad Ahmed, the spokesman for Punjab government, said enraged protesters in Rawalpindi attacked the residence of the former interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar, damaging the main gate.

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