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Islamist leader calls off Pakistan protests after minister resigns

Pakistani protesters block a road in Islamabad on November 27, 2017. Pakistan's law minister resigned November 27 as the embattled government apparently agreed to demands by a small Islamist group whose anti-blasphemy protest in the capital has fuelled deadly violence and sparked demonstrations across the nuclear-armed nation. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Nov 27, 2017, 04.10 PM (IST)

The Islamist leader whose group clashed violently with Pakistani security forces and paralysed Islamabad for weeks said their sit-in was called off Monday after the law minister resigned, meeting their key demand.

"On the assurance of the Chief of Army Staff, we are calling off the sit-in," Khadim Hussain Rizvi told the crowd of around 2,500 demonstrators from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLY), who have occupied the main highway leading into the capital since November 6.

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