the army is called in as more blasphemy protests take place outside the pakistani parliament. ♪ you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha, also ahead iraqi shia cleric stages a sit in baghdad heavily fortified green zone demanding government reform plus. i'm reporting from the first dam to be constructed on the lower may-cong river and they
say it has to help to help boost the economy. india cricket with the nation after they book a spot in the national final of the t20. ♪ thousands of antiblasphemy protesters holding rallies in pakistani capitol islamabad for a second day staging a sit in a day after police fired tear gas on demonstrators near parliament, on sunday 25,000 people gathered to protest against the execution of mumtaz qadri who was hunged last month for criticizing the governor and blasphemy laws and passing to kamal hyder from islamabad to taught us through the scene right now in the capitol, kamal. >> reporter: well, right now i can tell you that access to the
red zone is now blocked. these people are sitting in the square which is a shouting distance from parliament, possibly less than 100 meters from where they are located. of course the situation contained to a greater extent because last night on a sunday evening the riders penetrated into the red zone and pelting stones and fighting with the security forces. however, after the military was called in to secure the wider installations the protesters agreed they would not cause any more damage, however, last night we are also told that many of them went back, this morning they are not in the same strong numbers as they were last night but they are still staging their sit in, they are staying put and of course they have come in with a long list of demands. >> so if their demands are not het kamal what happens then?
>> well, the demands are very difficult and it will be almost impossible for the government to cave in under pressure because the demands include the immediate imposition of syria law, the demand includes that mumtaz qadri should be declared a martyr and also that the cell where he spent the last year before his execution should be turned into a national heritage site that many militants and some of their party members arrested should be released so it is almost going to be impossible. the important thing for the government will be to try and contain this crowd. we are told this morning that nobody was allowed to give them breakfast, they were trying to make arrangements for breakfast and of course they are trying to see the way from the new site which is right in front of parliament. >> kamal, you are speaking to us about the government and how you
say it might be impossible for them to deal with this but what do you make of the timing of all of this considering what happens yesterday, sunday at lahore with the bombing there? >> well, that is absolutely the problem here right now. you've got the security threat, of course what happened in lahore also showed the security was not prepared and they took it very lightly, the fact that the attacker could get to the most crowded place showed he must have done some sort of recognizance before the attack, at the same time the government has been caught by surprised primarily because the police forces that are supposed to protect islamabad were not able to do so and above all the punjab police that would have stopped the crowd also failed and let the crowd just pass by so big question as to whether the security apparatus
particularly the civilian apparatus is capable of dealing with such a crisis. the military of course would like to stay on the sideline, protect those buildings and of course attempt not to get embroiled in what has become a highly charged issue between these protesters and the government. >> okay kamal thank you for the update from islamabad. the supreme court in bangladesh has rejected a petition to remove islam as the state religion. the decision comes after some muslims protested over the weekend, the petition was filed 28 years ago to challenge the religion status in the country. there has been several attacks of people of minority faith in recent moves. influential iraqi shia cleric stepped up protest for political reforms by camping inside baghdad's fortified government area. he entered the green zone a week after thousands of his supporters began a sit down
protest outside. he and his supporters want ministers to be replaced with te technocrats and said it might get up to this point and now we see that it has, what has been the response from the prime minister abadi and how much pressure is this putting on the iraqi government? >> it's putting quite a bit of political pressure on the government because you do have a revered shia figure who is in the attempt at the reign on the green zone on the other side where iraqi officials live and work and where the embassys are. this was not the scenario that first had been floated and he told followers he was setting a deadline and the iraqi government had to replace ministers and had to make real change in cutting corruption otherwise he said his followers would storm the green zone. that as you might imagine may create panic among embassys and
officials and quickly reassured most of the embassys they would be untouched unless they interfered in iraqi affairs so with the prospect of the deadline looming he had to do something, instead of telling his followers to go in the green zone which would have been a disaster with the security forces he told them to stay put still outside the green zone and he himself went this so basically it has become more of a political game and political challenge and less of the security threats that many had feared but still very, very challenging for the iraqi prime minister to deal with. >> so what do we expect the iraqi prime minister to do next, jane? >> reporter: well, he is very busy trying to put together a new cabinet. prime minister arc abadi dislikes the cabinet members and it's no secret and when he was sworn in he said these are not the ministers i chose so iraq is
not the kind of country where the prime minister dictates and ministers fall in line and they are loyal to the parties that appointed them and who appointed them are loyal to their sect or ethnic group but parties and political players have a lot to lose and are in a phase of bargaining which ones are changed, who will replace them. abadi said he will have a new cabinet or nine new ministers perhaps in the next few days and then the next move falls to muqtada al-sadr does he call off followers and leave the green zone, fascinating array of options here but one thing is clear that something has to change in the next few days. >> reporting from baghdad thank you. families and villages to the south of mosul in iraq have been fleeing homes in advance by iraqi forces and government
troops picking them up on the roads leading south and offensive of i.s.i.l. began on thursday and peshmerga have u.s. led air support. prisoner swap between houthi fighters and saudi fighters in yemen and official said the group released nine saudi soldiers in exchange for 109 people who had been captured in southern yemen, the swap is part of talks between saudi arabia and the houthis. syrian government forces have ousted i.s.i.l. from the and shen city of palmyra with russian military support, these are the first images inside the unesco world heritage site and the photos suggest the damage may not be as bad as had been feared. the ceasefire in syria may be generally holding apart from isolated areas of holding but the u.n. saying not enough aid is getting through.
several towns and villages are still in effect, cutoff or are besieged. >> reporter: barrel bombs, this is one of syria's most devastated areas. it is 250,000 population have mostly moved away. just days before the truce started last month people who stayed behind have lived under this. and this. leaving behind the town in ruins and largely destroyed. >> translator: civilians took a break and violence has stopped and regime used everything, barrels, rockets, everything. >> reporter: nothing is spared and many mosques were hit or damaged. at this catholic church there is no easter mass this year.
the worshippers have gone. but around 8500 people remain in this rebel held town. they have been stuck here since 2012 and now they are hungry and desperate. the world food program says people were forced to eat grass and families went days without a meal and he is taking care of his plans and he may be forced to eat them. >> translator: the bleeding has stopped. we didn't get any aid. each minute passed as we lose time in the besieged areas and my children are losing a childhood. >> reporter: neighbor in turkey this official says the conditions here are disastrous. >> it's catastrophic and shortage of everything, food, medicine, milk and wants to end the revolution around damascus forcing them into remission using the tactics. >> reporter: also accuses the government of using starvation
of a weapon of submission. the u.n. is calling on the syrian government to allow unrestricted access to about half a million syrians in besieged areas including so far the government has refused to give it permission and u.s. says preventing aid is a violation of international law. back here life under siege is hard but it goes on even without food, medicine and milk. al jazeera. coming up, on al jazeera right police in brussels have right winged protesters marching to a memorial because of attacks. expanding the military defies the nation. ♪
♪ hello again the top stories on al jazeera thousands of protesters are holding a sit in rally near pakistan's parliament in the capitol islamabad and protesting of the execution of a man who killed punjab's governor in 2011. the shia cleric on the second day of a sit in protest in baghdad's green zone and supporters are frustrated with what they call government inaction on corruption. first pictures emerging of the syrian city of palmyra after government forces pushed out i.s.i.l., the armed group destroyed several ancient monuments and russia gave military support offered to help repair the site.
belgium used water cannons to break up protesters and ignored security as people paid tribute to the victims of tuesday's bomb attacks and paul brennan was there. >> reporter: sunday's memorial rally was already postponed but security was tight around the gathering place where so many have come to pay respects since last tuesday and they watched the mourners here elsewhere they were launching a dozen new raids and arresting more suspects and postponement of the peace rally created a vacuum which others were keen to fill. out of the city's north ral way station came a large crowd of around 4000 belgium football casuals and mashed to the memorial square and went to the steps which is the focal point for the solidarity movement. >> just a statement to say we love belgium, belgium is our country, do not do this and
europe just leave europe alone. >> reporter: then the mood turned ugly. the sense of sorrow and grief which has been the overwhelming emotion in brussels since the tuesday bomb attack is giving way in the small and vocal minority to violence and anger. with water cannon and pepper spray police units pushed back to the rail way station where they disbursed but not before fulfilling their banner one more time and belgium prosecutors charged a man they are calling c with murder and attempted murder but still won't confirm belgium media reports that his full name is shafu but details remerging about him, this refugee who asked to remain anonymous arrived in belgium last year and lived several weeks this the park in central brussels and clearly remembering him coming to the park and behavior strangely, attituded and using a
megapho megaphone. >> he was stopped two days by the police and he came back with the microphone and he was yelling and talking a lot of things and some people told me it is like gathering out to make force, i don't know. >> violence. >> violence and stuff, yeah, and everybody was like please stop it and people was mad and especially they understand totally what he was saying. he was calling anybody not muslim if at all and that is very i.s.i.s. or very not kind or consunni muslims or shia muslims or whatever you don't call infidels and trying to make these kind of problems. >> reporter: but he has taughts whether shefu is the third bomber the man on white on the airport cctv. the picture in the cctv from the
airport. >> it's not clear, it's not clear, and he is skinny guy and when they say it's him i was like it's not possible or maybe because it's been six months maybe he eat enough, a lot of burgers. >> reporter: investigators have a long way to go before they complete the full picture of who was involved. paul brennan, al jazeera, brussels. the first meeting of the islamic military alliance by saudi arabia is in riyadh and group of 34 countries was formed in december to fight what it called terrorism and vow to target how organizations such as i.s.i.l. are resourced and financed. the movement of cattle is being restricted in northeastern nigeria at a bid to cutoff boko haram's income, the armed group stealing livestock and using proceeds to fund attacks but as we report from maiduguri it's
having an effect on the meat industry. >> reporter: workers are preparing the animals for slaught slaughter, the last few weeks were difficult for business here and the number of animals brought here have significantly dropped. >> translator: we used to slaughter 250 cows a day, now we only do less than 100. most of them will bring us home. >> reporter: that is because the government here in nigeria borno state restricted the movement and sale of cattle, its itsdz -- it's an effort to cutoff income and it has shortages and hikes in the prices of meat especially beef. the empty butcher's table of this market reflect the move, and the flies are noticeably fewer these days and smaller animals like goats and sheep are brought in to fill the shortage, they too cost more now. butchers who try to remain in
business are improvising like this popular place mostly sells chicken. >> translator: there are no cows. i used to slaughter a whole cow, fresh meat, i am reduced now to selling mostly chicken, even those are hard to give. >> reporter: mainly because of boko haram activities in some of these rural areas. the shortages are felt most by end users, households and restaurant kitchens like this and some cannot afford to buy beef as they used to and people in the food industry are earning less. government says restrictions are necessary but temporary. >> boko haram is continuing this all in an effort to remain of the jihad movement and we have to closely monitor that they do not use livestock from the concrete side to regenerate.
>> reporter: so the government has set aside half a million dollars to track in cows from other states until the restrictions are lifted which means the dealers and consumers will have to endure the hardship a bit longer, mohamed, devries, eastern nigeria. new laws coming into force in japan which will allow its soldiers to fight overseas for the first time since world war ii. the bill has been approved in parliament despite strong opposition and rob mcbride reports from tokyo. >> reporter: it is an issue that provoked demonstrations on the streets and fierce debates in the japanese parliaments. opponents say changes that will allow japanese fighters overseas under mine article nine of japan's unique constitution that commits the country to pacisivism. >> no way you read article nine of the constitution and reach
the conclusion that the same article that has ban japan exercising its right of collective self-defense for decades in the period all of a sudden reaching the opposite conclusion. >> reporter: the new laws give a new interpretation to collective self-defense allowing japan soldiers a more robust role in peace keeping missions and to work more closely in overseas operations with troops from its ally united states. opponents fear it could drive japan into foreign wars but abi says giving the military a more assertive role is long over due after the nuclear and missile tests in nearby north korea since the start of this year. >> it's a change we are facing in the security environment in northeast asia, i think there has been emerging awareness and understanding among the japanese people for the utility and
effectiveness of this law. >> reporter: the opposition parties believe the ultimate goal is to change the constitution itself which was adopted after world war ii and which renounces the path of militaryism but to do that his ruling colism must win enough seats in upper house elections this summer. given what is at stake the opponents promised to fight. >> if we succeed in depriving the ruling parties and its allies to -- from obtaining the majority in either of the two houses, then that means that abi will not be able to move ahead with his revisionist agenda. >> reporter: japan struggled to define its role in the world is far from over, rob mcbride, al jazeera, tokyo. the first of its kind to be built on the lower mekong river, construction is ahead of schedule and could start generating electricity earlier than expected but opponents say
not enough research has been done on the environmental impact and wayne hey reports. >> reporter: in a remote part of northern louse prep rayes on the way with the mekong river and it's 60% complete and one of nine dams louse is planning on building and wants to be the battery of southeast asia by exporting electricity. >> higher power as fast as possible but we will be very responsible. >> reporter: there have been many critics who say the dam will block sediments blocking downstream and major impact on fish species. the developers of this project say they made many modifications to make it more environmentally friendly including having fish friendly turbines and more access points to enable migrant fish to swim through. if they can't people's livelihoods will be effected,
the mekong is the largest in land fishery in the world. >> and also effects the culture, fishery, it really would change people's lives in very fundamental ways and also irreplaceable ways. >> reporter: mekong is important transport route with a 12 meter wide navigation block to allow boats to pass through and built by thai for 3.8 billion it's a run of river design as opposed to a storage dam meaning a large reservoir is not needed. but the upstream water level has risen and 3,000 people have been relocated and given new houses by the government complete with electricity. >> translator: it's more comfortable for us now because in the past there was no infrastructure, we had to use a small generator for electricity. >> reporter: the lou government
realizes the impact of building a dam like this but believes hydropower is vital to bring the country out of poverty. >> if there are impacts how do you mean to get them, is it accessible? at the same time you have to maximize the benefits. >> reporter: scheduled to start generating electricity by the end of 2019 and could be brought forward meaning louse will start turning the power of the mekong into money sooner than expected wayne in louse. a volcano southeast of the capitol and they have a security area around the mountain and mexico has more than 3,000 volcanos but 13 are considered to be active. host nation india booked their spot in semi final of cricket 2020 world cup, a brilliant performance by star proves the
difference between australia and afghanistan also pulled off a shock wave against the west indies and we round up all the action. >> reporter: cricket fans in india were saying their prayers before the sudden death encounter in mahali and paying off early as australia got 50 of 22 deliveries. india's ballers began to peg their scoring back but there was little anyone could do with the switch hit from glen max well australia setting a victory target of 161. the retiring shane martin kept up the pressure with the ball as well. but the entrance of coli would be the turning point. he hit a brilliant 82 including 32 off his left 11 balls.
the winning run score came from ms-stony and india taking a six wicket victory. then next opponents will be the west indies who early fell victim to afghanistan. the windys had already qualified for the last four and looking to keep their unbeaten record intact and limited afghans to 123-7 from their 20 overs. and on paper at least it seeped like an easy target for the west indies big hitters to chase down but afghanistan's ballers kept them under pressure and all came down to the final over, the windys needed ten from the four balls but a diving catch stuttered their hopes. afghanistan celebrating a six-run win, their first victory
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