Pak­istan po­lice ar­rest Is­lamist pro­test­ers

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Pak­istani po­lice ar­rested dozens of mem­bers of an Is­lamist party that has blocked a route to Is­lam­abad for days. Sup­port­ers of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pak­istan party are threat­en­ing vi­o­lence if the min­is­ter of law is not sacked. The group blames him for changes to an elec­toral oath that it says amounts to blas­phemy. Pak­istan’s blas­phemy law has be­come a light­ning rod for Is­lamists, es­pe­cially since 2011 when the gov­er­nor of Pun­jab prov­ince was mur­dered for ques­tion­ing the law that man­dates the death penalty for in­sult­ing Is­lam or the Prophet Mohammed.

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