Zahid Hamid resignation is the latest in a series of government concessions to Islamist extremists

Pakistan’s law minister has resigned after weeks of big protests staged by a hardline cleric against a perceived softening of the country’s blasphemy laws.

At least six protesters were killed and 200 injured in Islamabad on Saturday when thousands of police officers unsuccessfully tried to disperse a three-week sit-in that had virtually paralysed the capital.

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