Pakistani authorities warned protesters for blocking two busy highways

Vastavam web: Pakistani authorities today warned protesters led by hardline clerics blocking two busy highways in the capital to disperse peacefully or face a crackdown.About 2,000 activists of the Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan have blocked the Islamabad Expressway and Murree Road that connects Islamabad with its only airport and the garrison city of Rawalpindi, for about two weeks.They blame the minister for changes to an electoral oath that they allege amounts to blasphemy. The government has said the issue arose due to a clerical error.
The government had buckled under pressure and restored the oath to its original form yesterday after the National Assembly passed the amendment to the law.However, authorities acted after the Islamabad High Court today ordered the city administration to clear the roads.Government sources also claim that opponents of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif are using right-wing religious parties to destabilise the government and force early elections.