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Islamabad protest enters 12th day as deadlock persists in negotiations

ISLAMABAD -UNS–Hundreds of  activists of religious groups continue to stage sit-in at Faizabad on 12th day as a deadlock in the negotiations with the government continues to persist.

Heavy contingent of Rangers, Frontier Corps and police are deployed in the area whereas armored vehicles, prison vans and ambulances are also present.

Police personnel deployed at Faizabad as protest continue despite stern warnings. — Online Service

Administration of the twin cities has delayed decision to use force against protesters belonging to Sunni Tehreek and Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah after fourth round of talks ended at residence of Raja Zafarul Haq last night.

Protesting bodies represented by Dr Shafiq Ameeni, Sheikh Azhar and Pir Ijaz Sherani convened the fourth round of talks at Raja Zafarul Haq’s residence with the government and returned to the protesting site.

Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar among others represented the delegation of the government while a cleric from Golara Sharif Ghulamulddin Jami mediated the talks.

Talking to media, Ahsan Iqbal said that the government wanted to end the protest through negotiations and do not want any bloodshed.

He, however; rejected the demand of protesters regarding the resignation of law minister and said that he cannot be asked to resign without any solid evidence.

The interior minister has requested the court to extend the deadline for ending the sit-in as the government wants to complete the task without any use of force or violence.
Seemingly, the negotiations failed after the extended deadline to end the sit-in protest has expired. Meanwhile, the ultimatum granted by Islamabad High Court (IHC) has also concluded.

The protesting 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.

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