Gag order on Media
Army does not want to publicize its helplessness so they have quietly suggested to the government to blackout the media. Blaming media for spreading violence the Pak Government has clamped down on the media. This is going to fuel speculations as Army’s
tough measures, if any, will not be subject to media scrutiny.
About 200 people were injured when security forces tried to disperse an Islamist
sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange - a key highway.
Several deaths have been reported.
Pakistani media report that demonstrators also broke into the minister's residence in Punjab province. Mr Hamid and his family were not in the building.
Chaos versus Conspiracy
The ruling party of former Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif - who was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July and is facing a corruption trial - has a history of fractured ties with powerful military, which threw Sharif from an earlier term in 1999, through a well-planned coup.
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the protests were part of a conspiracy to weaken the government, which is now run by Sharif's allies under a new prime
minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
"There are attempts to create a chaos in (the) country," Iqbal said on state-run Pakistan TV.
Army has been quick to hint India’s role in Pakistan’s internal chaos. How far this has been swallowed by international community, remains to
be seen- but, Pakistan’s international image has certainly taken a beating when it released Hafiz Sayeed a globally proclaimed terrorist, inspite of protests from India and the US.