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How powerful are religious groups in Pakistan? - Inside Story by Al Jazeera English   10 months ago

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Protest leaders in Pakistan have called off a three-week sit-in near the capital after a government minister resigned. It was a victory for the protest leaders who'd been demanding Zahid Hamid step down over the wording of a parliamentary oath.

They have been accusing him of blasphemy. The minister's apologised, saying it was a clerical error. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan political party or TLP, led by the scholar Khadim Hussain Rizvi, has also agreed not to issue any religious edicts against Hamid.

The group says the change in the wording represented a softening of the state’s position against the Ahmadi sect.

Ahmadis were banned from identifying as Muslim within Pakistan in 1974.

So, what's the role of religious movements in Pakistan?

Presenter: Laura Kyle
Guests:
Naveed Ahmad - Investigative Journalist and Academic
Ahmed Rashid - Writer and Author of the book ‘Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia’.
Nadia Rahman - Relief and Protection Manager at Amnesty International.

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