In yet another proof that exposes Pakistan's hypocrisy, a video showing a senior official bribing Islamic hardliners has gone viral.
In yet another proof that exposes Pakistan’s hypocrisy, a video showing a senior armed force official bribing Islamic hardliners has gone viral. In the video, the military official is heard saying ‘we are with you’. Azahar Naved, who is the Director General of Punjab Rangers, is seen distributing money to Islamic hardliners. He says “ye hamari taraf se nahi hai” (this is not from our side) in an apparent reference to the aid received from the US. The video emerges a day after a hardline Islamist group called off nationwide protests. The protests were called off only after the government agreed to group’s demands and the law minister resigned, following weekend clashes between its supporters and police that paralysed major cities. Tahreek-e-Labaik, the Islamic group which anchored the protests, said that main demand has been accepted.
The violent clashes led to the killing of seven people, whereas nearly 200 wounded after a police bid to disperse protesters in Islamabad failed on Saturday. The spurring protestors were seen wielding sticks and iron rods to block key roads and motorways in other cities. Law minister Zahid Hamid submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The minister termed his decision a step “to take the country out of a crisis-like situation”.
WATCH | Pakistan Exposed Again: Pak commander caught on camera bribing Islamic hardliners.
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Tehreek-e-Labaik had blocked the main road into the capital, Islamabad, in a protest that blamed the law minister, Zahid Hamid. The minister was blamed for changing the wording of an electoral oath which as per Pakistani constitution allegedly amounts to blasphemy. Tehreek-e-Labaik alleged that the words “I believe”, used to replace the clause “I solemnly swear” in a proclamation of Mohammad as the religion’s last prophet amount to blasphemy.
The reports of mis-coordination and between Pakistan government and Army also emerged during the protests. A Reuters report said that the government called in Pakistan’s powerful military to tackle the protests after the police operation failed. However, there was no sign of troops around protest camps on Sunday. The army chief in one telephone call had advised Abbasi to resolve the protests peacefully. The government climbdown is currently seen as an embarrassment for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of elections likely in mid-2018, and underlines the power of religious groups in the nuclear-armed nation of 207 million.