What else is new? Violence erupts in Pakistan as police battle Islamists in the street

PAKISTANI police fought furious street battles with religious hard-line activists as they tried to clear roads in Islamabad.

…Activists from a new hard-line Islamist political party, Tehreek-e-Labaik, have blockaded the main road into Islamabad for two weeks.

They are staging a mass sit-in, accusing Pakistan’s justice minister of blasphemy against Islam, and demanding his dismissal and arrest.

The minister, Zahid Hamid, is blamed for an electoral law that changed a religious oath proclaiming Mohammad the last prophet of Islam to the words “I believe”.

The party believes this is blasphemous.