ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Islamists pelted campaigners with stones, shoes and sticks as they marched through Pakistan’s capital on Sunday to mark International Women’s Day.
Women and men carry signs as they take part in an Aurat March, or Women's March in Lahore, Pakistan March 8, 2020.
Women and men joined the event in Islamabad, one of several rallies across the country, for what is known in Pakistan as the Aurat March, using the Urdu word for women.
Police official Mazhar Niazi said the officers blocked the Islamists as they tried to break through a cordon to attack the marchers.
A Reuters witness and Niazi said the Islamists threw stones, bricks, sticks and shoes at the marchers.
He said a criminal case would be registered against the Islamists for violating the law and attempting to attack the women’s march.
Ahead of this year’s event, organizers say posters and murals were vandalized, including one by the Islamists from the Red Mosque. »