PAKISTAN – Pakistan Paralyzed following Asia Bibi’s Victory in Supreme Court

World Watch Monitor | November 2, 2018

The victory of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi in the Supreme Court has sparked nationwide protests, led by supporters of the Islamist political party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).

TLP, which stands for the “Here-I-Am Movement”, is a rising party known for organising street protests in opposition to any changes to the blasphemy law.

Last night the government met for talks with the TLP leadership, but failed to reach an agreement. Afterwards, the government announced late at night that mobile phone services would be suspended today, 2 November.

The country is still paralysed – schools are shut, universities have postponed exams, flights have been delayed and trains have changed their routes due to the protests, while several major roads have been blocked across the country.