Dozens of angry Islamists swarmed the building of an independent Pakistani newspaper DAWN in the capital, Islamabad, blocking its entrance for several hours, over the publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker who stabbed two persons to death last week.
A simultaneous protest also took place Tuesday evening in the southern port city of Karachi, where the Islamists gathered at the Press Club, demanding Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas and publisher Hameed Haroon be hanged.
The charged mob prevented the employees from entering or leaving the building and demanded a written apology.
After lengthy negotiations with the newspaper management in the presence of an assistant commissioner, the protesters finally agreed to disperse after hurling warnings.
The protest was condemned by Pakistani rights groups and members of civil society advocating for the rights of journalists.
In a statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Pakistan to prevent protests against the newspaper from turning violent and investigate the death threats to its staffers.