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Bilde: Khadim Hussain Rizvi (senter) leder av Tehrik-e Labaik vant frem med alle sine krav overfor myndighetene. Ekstremister trekker det lengste strå i Pakistan. Foto: Caren Firouz/Reuters/Scanpix

 

2000 demonstranter var nok til å lamme den pakistanske hovedstaden Islamabad. 8.500 politi og militære klarte ikke fjerne dem i helgen og resultatet ble at de militære kapitulerte på regjeringens vegne: Justisministeren går av.

Det var demonstrantenes krav, fordi de mente justisministeren krenket profeten Mohammed ved å fjerne hans navn i eden som kandidater til politiske stillinger må avlegge.

The country’s law minister resigned on Monday, in an agreement with religious activists to end three weeks of demonstrations that shook an already fragile government, the state broadcaster and the protesters said.

Around 2,000 protesters had blocked a major road between Islamabad and the adjacent city of Rawalpindi. The activists’ main demand was the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who they said is responsible for a proposed change in legislation they said amounted to an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.

A government operation on Saturday by police and paramilitary forces had failed to dislodge the protesters and was suspended that night after at least seven demonstrators were killed and 260 injured.

Under the agreement brokered by Pakistan’s powerful military, previously arrested protesters would be released, according to the text of the deal.

Forholdet mellom regjeringen og de militære er spent etter at statsminister Nawaz Sharif ble tvunget til å gå av. Regjeringen mener at de militære sto bak.

Demonstrantene har fått innfridd alle sine krav: Eden ble endret, justisministeren måtte trekke seg og de arresterte slippes fri.

The protesters are from the mainstream Barelvi sect of Islam and organized around a group called Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah, which formed a political party in recent weeks. The group aims to maintain Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty for anyone insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The demonstrators say the proposed legislation would change the oath members of Parliament take to swear Muhammad was the final prophet.

Når de militære gir etter for religiøse ekstremister, gir de dem blod på tann. Når de samtidig løslater  mannen bak Mombai-massakren, må man spørre om Pakistan intet har lært.

 

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