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Pakistani police warn Islamist rally to disband within hours

A supporter of Pakistani radical religious party shouts slogans during a sit-in protest at an entrance of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Pakistani police have warned an Islamist rally to disband within hours to avoid a crackdown near the capital, where an estimated 5,000 members of a radical Islamic party have camped out and disrupted life. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police have warned an Islamist rally near the capital, Islamabad, to disband within hours to avoid a crackdown.

An estimated 5,000 members of a small radical Islamist party are camped out at Islamabad's main Faizabad crossing. Their rally, which began last week, has disrupted city life and traffic.

There was no immediate sign the protesters would disband on yesterday.

A Pakistani court on Thursday asked the rally organizers — the small Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party — to end their protest seeking removal of the country's law minister, Zahid Hamid, over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill.

Hamid has apologized, saying it was a clerical mistake that was later corrected.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has dismissed the protesters' "unreasonable demand" for Hamid's ouster.

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