Minister resigns in Pakistan following deadly Islamist demonstrations

Minister resigns in Pakistan following deadly Islamist demonstrations

The TLY has been holding protests in Islamabad

Monday, November 27, 2017

A minister in Pakistan has resigned, according to state media, following protests by Islamists over an election candidate oath.

The Associated Press of Pakistan claimed law minister Zahid Hamid "submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to steer the country out of crisis" today (November 27).

Recently violent clashes have broken out between Islamists and security forces during protests resulting in deaths and injuries.

The protests are being organised by Islamist group Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLY).

It called for Hamid to resign due to a change to the oath by election candidates, according to The New Arab.

The oath taken includes proclaiming that Mohammad is the last prophet of Islam, however the words were changed from "I solemnly swear" to "I believe" causing some to claim this was blasphemy.

The oath has now been reverted to its original format of "I solemnly swear" and it was claimed it was only ever changed due to a clerical error.

More than 5,000 people protested in the streets between Islamabad and Rawalpindi yesterday (November 26).

This followed on from a protest on Saturday (November 25) where seven people died and more than 200 were injured after police and paramilitaries struggled to end the demonstration.

TLY has now told Reuters that, as the demand of Hamid's resignation has been met "we will end our sit-in today."