700 Qadri supporters held in Islamabad


The security forces have arrested 700 protesters from parts of the city who intended to attend sit-in protest at D-Chowk and sent them to various jails in Punjab.

A source said that these 700 protesters were arrested during clashes between protesters and law enforcement officials. A few of the protest leaders were also arrested.

The source further said that those participating in sit-ins at D-Chowk and Parade Ground have not been picked up, but some of those who leave sit-ins to go outside have been arrested.

The arrested protesters have been kept in different locations, some in police stations. Later they were moved to jails in districts around the capital .The process of moving those arrested to jails is a slow one, the source added. A police official said that because of the large number of arrests, capital police were first making sure if the particular jail had enough space before sending the protesters.

The protesters, led by Sunni Tehreek (ST) and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool leadership arrived in the capital on Sunday and presented a charter of demands before the government and announced to stay in the Red Zone until the government accepted their demands, which include implementation of Shariah in the country and declaring Mumtaz Qadri a martyr, unconditional release of all Sunni clerics and leaders booked on various charges, including terrorism and murder and conversion of his Adiala Jail cell into a national heritage site.


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