Pressure to evict protesters mounting: Ahsan

Modesto Morganelli
Ноября 20, 2017

In his appeal to the religious hardliners at Faizabad Interchange, Iqbal said that the "strengthening" of Khatm-i-Nabuwwat clauses by the Parliament was "historical".

He said that 30-member delegation of Ulema and Mashaikh were also taken on board last day to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner.

Calling upon protesters once again to call off the sit-in, he had said that he hopes they will agree to the suggestions made by the religious personalities included in talks, adding that now he himself is conducting contempt of court by allowing the protest to continue.

Responding to protesters' demand of removing Law Minister Zahid Hamid, the interior minister reiterated that he would not be removed from the office.

He rejected the perception that there was a "hidden hand" supporting the protesters and it restricted the government to launch an operation against them.

Ahsan Iqbal said implementation of the court order to remove Dharna was a legal requirement.

He said despite court's clear order, the government had requested more time to resolve the issue through negotiation.

He said the matter had already been settled once and for all and it should not be politicised, keeping in view of its sensitivity as the error in the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 had been undone.

Religious activists stage sit-in as they protest in Islamabad.

He urged the protesters to obey the law of land and call off the sit-in. The minister said that no one could even think of compromising on this issue.

He also announced that he was ready to give resignation as a guarantor into the matter if required.

Ultimatum of Islamabad High Court (IHC) given to protesters in the Federal Capital belonging to Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek has expired at 10:00 pm on Friday after which contingents of Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) have been deployed at the sit-in site for operation.

The protesters are demanding the removal of Zahid Hamid and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, blasphemy convict Asiya Bibi's execution, dismissal of cases against religious leaders, and the removal of various extremist clerics' names from the Fourth Schedule.

Justice Siddiqui lamented that the district administration had been unsuccessful in exercising its authority to end the protest.

Muneeb, who is also the current chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, during a press conference in Karachi also warned the government over a possible use of force against the demonstrators whose sit-in has brought life to a standstill in Islamabad for past several days.

"I failed to understand that when this Court has already passed a detailed judgment that any citizen exercising his right of free movement or expression, cannot be allowed to take away other citizens' rights and reduce the capital territory into a siege area", he stated in the order.

Religious group protestors blocked Faizabad Interchange.

Justice Siddiqui maintained that the administration failed to play its due role in resolving the crisis and merely watched the spectacle unfold as a "cricket spectator".

For late 12 days, two religious parties have been protesting against a reversed change in the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017 in their sit-in.

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