Protest outside Parliament House continues389 views
ISLAMABAD: Supporters of former police bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri continued their anti-government protest in front of the Parliament House in Islamabad for the third consecutive day on Tuesday.
Sources said effort was made by authorities to negotiate with the protestors but it did not bear fruit.
Army troops remained deployed to secure the Red Zone. Cellular phone signals were blocked in the federal capital for security purpose.
Reports said dozens of the protestors have been arrested and cases registered against their leaders under sections relating to rioting and creating hindrances in state affairs.
Metro bus service in Islamabad and Rawalpindi remained suspended today after the anti-government protestors damaged bus stations.
On Sunday, thousands of supporters of Qadri, who was hanged for killing ex-Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, gathered in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in the afternoon to offer prayers.
They later turned toward Islamabad, which was patrolled by hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers.
Clashes erupted after riot police carrying batons and shields fired tear gas to try to prevent them pushing closer to the city centre.
Some protesters set fire to a container while chanting slogans.
To control the situation, army deployed troops on streets and at key government buildings of Islamabad to secure the Red Zone around Parliament, where protesters have been camped.