I think people are failing to understand the seriousness and the importance of the need to make sure Finality of Prophet hood [Khatm e Nubbawat] is not tampered with AND equally under-estimate the value people of Pakistan place on it. Khadim Rizvi challenged the authorities to try and disrupt the protest and watch how the rest of the country burns! We saw how people reacted in other major cities! The army knows it as well and did not want to lead the country into a major disaster. Why should it bee seen shooting Khatm e Nubbawat all over the country?
What happens if it leads to soldiers refusing obey orders to fire and joining the protesters? What if it leads to mutiny within the army?
What lead to the sorry state of affairs is the mishandling of the situation by civil administration by design or incompetence [which should be the subject of a judicial enquiry]. The inflammatory demands by Islamabad judge Siddiqui did not help either. Is Islamabad not federal territory which falls under supreme court.
There is a saying which goes "The Law is an Ass"
which means insisting to apply law at the cost of common sense !