Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

IHC orders action against Faizabad Interchange protestors

IHC orders action against Faizabad Interchange protestors

A government team started negotiations with the protesters at the residence of Senatar Zafarul Haq on Saturday.

The meeting decided that the participants of the sit-in would be given a final warning as well as a written order to end their protest till 10:00 tonight.

Having summoned officials of the capital administration, Justice Siddiqui ordered the police to take the assistance of Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Rangers if needed and clear the site through peaceful or non-peaceful means.

Meanwhile, earlier, a district magistrate, in a letter to the organisers of the protest, had stated that the administration will now be compelled to take strict action as the continuance of the sit-in will be considered contempt of court.

The minister again invited them for talks to remove their reservations about Khatm-e-Nabuwwat law if any.

The Senate on Friday passed the Elections Amendment Bill 2017, related to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clauses for voters, after the National Assembly (NA) did the same on Thursday. Sections 7B and 7C of the Conduct of General Elections Order, 2002 were also restored to their original form via the bill.

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

The demonstrators, from the small Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party, began camping out last week at the city's main Faizabad crossing, which links the garrison city of Rawalpindi with Islamabad.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has repeatedly criticised political rival PTI for staging an anti-government demonstration at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to visit Islamabad to finalise the $55 billion CPEC-linked projects in 2014.

Iqbal urged the religious leaders to end their sit-in for the sake of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) so that the city may be protected from harm.

The deadline set by the Islamabad High Court lapsed this morning while the possibility of a showdown between the government and the protestors loomed.

The government failed to get the Faizabad interchange cleared for commuters on Saturday despite a deadline given by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to end the protest sit-in of religious activists "by any means possible" by 10am, as Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced that the administration had made a decision to postpone a planned operation against the protesters by another 24 hours in a bid to resolve the situation peacefully.

Similarly, the caretaker of Gulshanabad Sharif Pir Sarkar Jee addressed the protestors at Faizabad Interchange and put his weight behind the demands of protestors. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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