Interior Minister gets 48 hours to evict defiant Islamabad protesters

Interior Minister gets 48 hours to evict defiant Islamabad protesters

The right-wing bodies have vowed to continue the sit-in protest until law minister Zahid Hamid tenders his resignation for a "clerical mistake" in amendment that was brought to Elections Act 2017.

On the other hand, a heavy contingent of Rangers, Frontier Corps and police are deployed in the area whereas armoured vehicles, prison vans and ambulances are also present.

Captain (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad further told the IHC that the administrated required three to four hours to carry out the operation.

"We are in talks with religious leaders and I believe we will convince the protesters to end their sit-in", he said.

Earlier the IHC summoned the interior minister and the secretary interior, and sought their reply over non-implementation of Court's orders.

The dragging on of the protest "is the result of the administration's complicity and incompetence", Justice Siddiqui said. The judge, however, rejected the request, asking the lawyer to say whatever must be said openly and "take the nation into confidence".

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A Pakistani court on November 20 has granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near the capital, Islamabad. Politics will go in the right direction if society takes a right path.

The minister said Prophet Mohammed's teachings called for a tolerant society but Tehrik -e-Labbaik's sit-in protest was contrary to that.

Islamabad Police have arrested a suspect allegedly carrying 2kg of explosive material near Faizabad Interchange where a religious party has been staging a sit-in for almost two weeks.

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

Addressing the media alongside State Minister for Religious Affairs, Iqbal had said, "People want to make this issue a political launchpad. But paving way for violence through such protest is unacceptable", he said. The government delegation led by senior PML-N leader Raja Zafar-ul-Haq held marathon negotiations to break a deadlock but protesters are adamant on their demand of resignation of law minister Zahid Hamid, he said.

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