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Pakistan arrests 300 supporters of detained cleric who led Asia Bibi protests

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Filed on November 25, 2018 | Last updated on November 25, 2018 at 05.59 am
Pakistan arrests 300 supporters of detained cleric who led Asia Bibi protests

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Rizvi had urged his supporters earlier in the day to take to the streets if he was arrested.

Police in Pakistan have arrested some 300 supporters of a detained radical Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with nationwide rallies following the acquittal of a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Senior police officer Tahir Mahmood said on Saturday that supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party were picked up in sweeps across Punjab province following the arrest of its leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Police also arrested scores of Rizvi's supporters as they took to streets to protest his overnight arrest.

Rizvi's supporters held violent rallies against the Supreme Court's October 31 acquittal of Aasia Bibi. He has called for more protests on Sunday in the capital, Islamabad.


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