Islamic cleric whose supporters shut down Pakistani cities over blasphemy arrested

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The minister urged the masses to cooperate with the government officials and remain peaceful. Public is requested to stay peaceful n calm State is responsible to defend finality and respect of Holy Prophet PBUH.

"The TLP has become a threat to the life and properties of the people of Pakistan and continues to do its politics under the cover of religion", he said.

The TLP said in a statement that Rizvi was arrested along with scores of supporters, according to a report by The Associated Press.

TLP announced A rally "honour its martyrs" in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi on 25th November 2018, A crackdown arrest came just a couple of days ahead of plan. He had asked workers and supporters to gather at Faizabad in the federal capital.

A Punjab information minister Fayaz ul Hasan Chohan denied reports.

The TLP workers staged brief protests in different cities of the country on the party leader's detention. TLP leader Pir Afzal Qadri in a video message corroborated that police was raiding their mosques in order to arrest leaders.

The group had paralyzed Islamabad for 21 days in November past year when it staged a sit-in at Faizabad interchange against changes to the oath lawmakers take.

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Chaudhry, however, said the arrest "has nothing to do with the Aasia Bibi case".

The TLP leader has been shifted to a guest house by the law enforcement authorities.

Pakistani police late on Friday (Nov 23) detained a hardline cleric whose party recently paralysed the country with violent protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

"Do not take us [to a situation] where we are compelled to take [strict] action", the prime minister had said in a televised speech.

In response, the government made a deal with the Islamists to impose a travel ban on Bibi, who was released from jail earlier this month as she awaits the outcome of a final review of her case.

The TLP, in turn, had only offered an apology "if it hurt the sentiments of or inconvenienced anyone without reason".

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