The Pakistani state does not have the ability to be authoritarian in terms of religion. It is the Islamic republic, but it is not a theocracy. It's a democracy with a very [...] complicated relationship with religion.
The clerics see people not going into the mosques physically as a manifestation of weakened power. [Their defiance of government orders was saying] look, our domain of control is the mosque and you cannot take this domain of control away from us.