Tension between Pakistan’s government and a radical Islamist group turned deadly this weekend. “It has led to a lot of unrest and violence in the streets of Pakistan,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.
“As of Sunday, this political party, TLP, was holding some police as hostages.”
Two people died in street clashes. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) members took 11 police officers hostage, then eventually released them. The TLP met with authorities yesterday for the second round of negotiations.
The TLP-government conflict is rooted in foreign affairs. More about that here. “This is a political party whose basis is anyone accused of blasphemy should be executed,” Nettleton says of TLP.
“In recent days, they have been pushing for the expulsion of a French diplomat. The Pakistani government is saying, ‘No, we’re not going to do that’.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray this conflict resolves without further bloodshed.
- Ask the Lord to protect His followers in Pakistan.