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Pakistan troops deployed to quell protests in Islamabad

Pakistan troops deployed
The Pakistani military has deployed troops to quell anti-blasphemy protests in Lahore, the nation's capital.

Clashes between demonstrators and police turned violent on Saturday as agitators demanded the resignation of the country's law minister, Zahid Hamid, who stands accused of removing reference to the Prophet Muhammad from an updated version of the electoral oath.

The ruling government has since amended the oath, while Hamid has released a video stating his belief in Muhammad as God's final prophet.

Despite the correction, thousands remain in the streets of Islamabad, and several major highways remain blocked by protests. The demonstrations have been ongoing for nearly weeks.

On Saturday, demonstrations turned violent when police attempted to disperse crowds and clear roads. At least six were killed and more than 200 were injured.

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