Violent Islamist Unrest Involving Transport and Telecoms Disruption Likely Despite End of Blasphemy Protests in Pakistan

On 3 November 2018, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) – a conservative Islamist group – agreed to end nationwide protests against the Supreme Court’s acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, following negotiations with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) federal government. According to the agreement, the federal government will not...

On 3 November 2018, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) – a conservative Islamist group – agreed to end nationwide protests against the Supreme Court’s acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, following negotiations with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) federal government.

According to the agreement, the federal government will not oppose a petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s decision, while also barring Aasia Bibi – the woman acquitted of blasphemy – from leaving Pakistan. Moreover, the government pledged to release all TLP activists detained during three days of violent unrest, which affected nearly all the country’s major cities, as well as many parts of northern Punjab.

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