Lahore, Aug. 9 (Reuters): Violence flared in several towns and cities in Pakistan today between police and supporters of an anti-government cleric, killing at least four people and injuring scores, police and witnesses said.
Activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri called off a large protest rally planned in Lahore tomorrow. Following a police crack down, he urged supporters to hold smaller protests in their home towns instead.
“Pick up the bodies of the martyred and keep the bodies of the injured before you - but protest peacefully,” Qadri said in a televised address.
“The government wants a massacre in the name of a crackdown.”