Twitter says it's being blocked by Pakistan's government

Posted November 26, 2017

Earlier in the day, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets as the demonstrators burned police vehicles around the site of the sit-in.

Pakistani police fought running battles on Saturday with stone-throwing activists of the ultra-religious Tehreek-e-Labaik party but failed to dislodge the activist who are blocking roads into Islamabad.

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.

The situation prompted the country's regulatory body for electronic media to take TV broadcasts off the air. Reports say scores of protesters and police personnel have been injured in the clashes.

A protester walks near burning tents during clashes with police at Faizabad junction in Islamabad, Pakistan November 25, 2017. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been suspended. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, head of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army's media wing, said that Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and suggested that the sit-in be resolved peacefully.

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

Policeman fires at protesters
Policeman fires at protesters

The Times reported at least 150 protesters were arrested.

The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday once again offered talks with sit-in protesters as embattled law enforcement agencies (LEAs) were fighting to free the Capital which had been under siege since 20 days. Nine people were injured and taken to a nearby hospital, doctors said.

In most parts of the world, during protests, security forces use teargas shells to disperse the crowds.

The government had made several attempts to resolve the stalemate through negotiations with the protesters, who demanded the resignation of a law minister over an omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

Apart from the capital, protests are reportedly taking place in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi and northern district of Sialkot.

Smaller demonstrations were breaking out in Lahore and other cities, according to local media.

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