|Religious parties decide to call off sit-in following Zahid Hamid’s resignation|
ISLAMABAD: The government and protesters in Islamabad have reached an agreement to end the protest following the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
The announcement will be made shortly.
The law minister’s resignation was the chief demand of the agitating parties, who have been staging a protest sit-in in the capital to press the government for his removal.
The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters overnight on Sunday. The agreement followed after a two-day face-off at Faizabad Interchange and other parts of the country between protesters and security forces that saw at least six people killed and hundreds injured.
According to PTV, the minister presented his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to bring the country “out of a state of crisis”.
According to the agreement reached between the government and Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) and other religious parties’ activists, an inquiry board will be set up so that action can be taken against those responsible for the controversial amendment to the finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates within 30 days.