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Deadly clashes at cleric's Lahore HQ

Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore, Pakistan, 9 JanuaryTahirul Qadri says he plans to return to Pakistan next week

At least seven people have been killed in clashes between Pakistani police and supporters of a prominent Islamic scholar in the city of Lahore.

Dozens more were injured as police fired shots and tear gas to disperse protesters at the offices of Tahirul Qadri. His supporters threw stones.

Two women died in the riots which are now under control, reports say.

Mr Qadri, who is based in Canada, plans to return to Pakistan next week to lead a crusade against corrupt politicians.

He led a “long march” on Islamabad in January last year, but the protest fizzled out with little result.

The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says Mr Qadri is seen by many as a political nuisance who lacks clout.

But he has the ability to gather supporters from his madrassas and is rumoured to have ties with the powerful ISI intelligence agency.

Police in Lahore say clashes broke out after supporters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), led by Mr Qadri, resisted attempts to clear barriers outside their leader’s offices in the Model Town suburb on Monday night.

A number of arrests have been made.

“We received seven dead bodies, including two women. All of them had bullet wounds,” Dr Abdul Rauf at the city’s Jinnah Hospital told the AFP news agency.

“We also received 80 injured, 40 with bullet injuries and 40 with other wounds. Two injured are critical,” he said.

Some commentators have criticised the authorities for being heavy-handed in dealing with Mr Qadri’s supporters, our correspondent reports.

They say the barricades had been there for over four years, and had been erected with the consent of the area residents to improve security.

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