Crackdown against rioters across country, dozens arrested

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Criminal proceedings are under way and police has been registering cases and arresting those involved in damaging property and harassing citizens during countrywide demonstrations following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi.

In Islamabad, cases have been registered against 700 people, 56 arrested and 26 have been remanded. Orders have also been issued to imprison 19 rioters under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). According to Islamabad administration, 33 rioters have been identified.

In Karachi, cases have been registered in 34 police stations across the city against rioters. In Lahore, eight suspects have been sent on a 14-day physical remand.