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Pakistani government given 3 days to clear Islamist rally

Supporters of Pakistani radical religious party shout slogans during a sit-in protest at an intersection of Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, November 18, 2017. (AP)
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court has granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near the capital, Islamabad.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that he pleaded with the court, saying that any use of force could cause “instability” in the country.
Two previous deadlines were given to the rally organizers — the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party — have expired.
The rally began two weeks ago. The Islamists demand the removal of Law Minister Zahid Hamid over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill.
The protesters have camped out at the main intersection outside Islamabad, disrupting life in the city. The court has issued notices to the administration on Thursday on non-compliance of the earlier order for clearance of the intersection.

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