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Fawad Claims Opposition Support Over Protests

Islamabad (November 01, 2018): Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday that a government delegation met with PPP leader Bilwal Bhutto Zardari and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif about ongoing protest sit-in,who have ensured the government of their support on the issue of countrywide protests in wake of the Supreme Court verdict in Asia Bibi case.

Addressing a press conference along with other ministers, the federal minister said that the opposition and all state institutions were standing behind the government’s stance.

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The information minister said that the government committee met with Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif and briefed them on the situation regarding the ongoing protests in the country.

“Our committee that includes Pervez Khattak, Shireen Mazari, Shah Mahmood Qurehsi Amir Dogar and myself met the leadership of PPP and PML-N and briefed them about the protests being held by a faction of the society,”.

He said that government would take the opposition into confidence about its negotiations with the demonstrators.The opposition has put its weight behind the government, saying that whatever strategy is formulated they will support the government in it.

Fawad Chaudhry said that strategy to deal with the situation will be made with due consultation from the opposition leaders.

“We do not want any damage being done… No one should be under the impression that the state is weak,” said the federal information minister.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had presented the state’s stance not that of the government.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the government will attempt to take along every political force for the sake Pakistan.His remarks came after the government decided to negotiate with the protesters holding sit-ins across country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

A five-member committee comprising ministers Fawad Chaudhry, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shyeryar Afridi, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and Mehboob Sultan has been constituted.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will himself monitor the progress, the TV channel said. After reviewing the overall situation in the country, the report said, the premier decided to settle the issue amicably.

The protesters have blocked several key roads in Karachi and Lahore. Private schools in both cities were also shut, as well as in the capital.The demonstrators were protesting against the court’s decision to free Asia Bibi, a mother of four, who had been living on death row since 2010, as the first woman sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws.

Earlier today, the government has decided on Thursday to hold talks with the protesters holding sit-ins across country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet today and formed a committee to hold talks to end the ongoing protests being staged across the country following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations, sources said.

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A five-member committee comprising ministers Fawad Chaudhry, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shyeryar Afridi, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and Mehboob Sultan has been constituted to hold talks with protesters.

The minister for religious affairs will meet with the protesters while the premier will overlook the dialogue process himself, the sources further said.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan will himself monitor the progress. After reviewing the overall situation in the country, the report said, the premier decided to settle the issue amicably.

Federal Cabinet also discussed an 8-points Agenda.

Prime Minister took the Federal Cabinet in confidence regarding his visit to China. Moreover, the cabinet confirmed the appointment of IG Frontier Corps Balochistan and IG Frontier Corps KPK.The Cabinet also approved the establishment of new board of the Radio Pakistan.

Religious parties are staging protests in major cities across the country following the top court’s verdict. Roads have been blocked and educational institutes have been closed due to the protests.

Tensions have gripped major parts of the country owing to the ongoing crisis after a Supreme Court ruling overturning Asia Bibi’s death penalty led to protests from religious hardliners. Roads have been blocked and educational institutes have been closed due to the protests.On Wednesday, PM Imran backed the Supreme Court’s decision in the Asia Bibi case and warned protesters against clashing with the state.

Imran Khan appealed Nation on Wednesday to remain peaceful and warned protesters that state will establish its writ if they don’t call off their protests.

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