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Islamists rally near Islamabad, demand removal of minister

More than 3,000 Islamists camped out on the edge of Pakistan's capital, demanding the removal of the country's law minister over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill.

The rally began with a few hundred members of the small radical Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party who had gathered earlier this week at the main Faizabad crossing outside Islamabad.

By this afternoon, the gathering grew to over 3,000, disrupting public life and prompting police to set up shipping containers on the throughway to prevent the protesters from entering the city.

But demonstrators claim Hamid made the omission purposefully to appease the minority Ahmadis sect.

Addressing emotionally charged demonstrators, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the head of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party, said they will not end their protest until the government has sacked Hamid.