Live: Protesters Across Country Start Dispersing

Live: Protesters Across Country Start Dispersing

TLY Workers Held during Protest Being Released

3:00 PM

Islamabad: The workers and supporters of Tehreek Labbayik YA Rasool-ul-Lah (TLY), who were arrested during the clash with police and FC during the botched operation, are being released from different lockups of police stations in the federal capital.

As per the agreement between the TLY and the government, the detainees are being released. Some 25 activists held in different police stations have reached Faizabad after release from the lockups.

Those held in Adiala jail will be released after their release order from area magistrate.

Motorway Opened for all Kind of Traffic: Mortorway Police   

1:00 PM

Lahore: Motorway Police said that Motorway-1, Motroway-2, Motorway-3 and Motorway-4 were opened for all king of traffic.

A spokesman of Motorway Police said that M2 from Hiran Minar to Kalar Kahar, M3 from Faisalabad to Kala Kahar, M1 from Peshawar to Islamabad and M4 have been opened for all kinds of traffic.

The spokesman said that the areas of Kirshan, Gujrat, Kot Radha Kashan, Chichawatni and Harrappa on National Highway have also been opened for traffic.

The sections were closed for traffic after violent protest erupted in different parts of the country following a botched police operation against the workers and supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbayik Ya Rasoolullah staging sit-in at Faizabad.

Protests in Peshawar, Gujranwala, Lahore, other Cities End 

12:40 PM

The workers and supporters of  Tehreek-e-Labbayik Ya Rasoolullah (TLY) and other religious parties staging protests in different cities of the country ended their protest and sit-ins following the instruction from TYL chief Allama Khadim Rizvi to disperse peacefully.

Earlier, Rizvi announced that the TLY reached an agreement with the government to end protest after the government accepted their demands. Following his announcements, protesters staging sit-in protest in different cities of the country including Peshawar, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan and other areas ended their protests.

The participants of the protest peacefully dispersed after the directives of the leadership of TLY.

Protesters at Numaish Start Dispersing

12:30 PM

Karachi: The protesters camped at Numaish Chowrangi have started dispersing peacefully following Tehreek-e-Labbayik Ya Rasoolullah chief directed the protesters across country to disperse peacefully. 

As the TLY chief issued directives to protesters staging protest and sit-in across country to disperse peacefully as the party has reached an agreement with the government, demonstrators staging sit-in at Karachi Numaish chowrangi for the last one week also started dispersing.

Reports said that the protest being staged other parts of the city including Korangi, Liqatabad, Teen Hati, Orangi also dispersed peacefully and roads blocked by them were opened for traffic.

11:30 AM

Islamabad: Amir Tehreek-e-Labbayik Ya Rasoolullah (TLY) Allam Khadim Hussain Rizvi has said that TLY has reached an agreement with the government to end Islamabad.

Addressing a press conference at Faizabad chowk, he said that the government had accepted their demands. He urged the government to address TLY’s reservations.

He said that Army had been named as guarantor of the agreement.  The TLY chief also announced to withdraw the shutter down and wheel jam strike call.

He added that traders and shopkeepers can resume their business activities.

He added that they had been given 12 hours to wrap up the sit-in, adding that workers are busy in wrapping up the protest.

Rizvi asked the protesters staging sit-in in other cities across the country to disperse peacefully and go home.

He said that regarding Rana Sanaullah an Ulema and Mashaikh committee had been formed which will review his statement. He added that Sanaullah would appear before the committee and explain his statement.

11: 00 AM

Islamabad: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has assured  Islamabad High Court that Faizabad sit-in will end today.

The minister had been served a contempt notice over the government’s failure to implement court orders directing the shifting of the Faizabad protest to the Parade Ground.  Workers of a religious party have been protesting against the government at Faizabad Interchange of the capital for around three weeks.

Ahsan Iqbal told the court that the sit-in would end shortly. He added that the government reached an understanding with the protesters. The minister said that national leadership played a role in resolving the issue. During the hearing, Justice Siddiqui grilled the minister over the agreement with the protesters.

Justice Siddiqui said that Khatm-e-Nabuat was the issue of whole Ummah, adding that it was not an issue some Khamid or any outfit. The judge said that he had himself had been imprisoned during his student life for raising voice for Khatm-e-Nabuat.

The Judge while addressing Ahsan Iqbal said that you fully disgraced police. Raising questions over the agreement, the judge said that how cases registered under ATA would be withdrawn as per compromise.

Earlier when the hearing resumed,  a deputy attorney general told Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui that he was informed of the agreement between the protesters and the government from the news channels.

He said the minister will inform the court of the agreement’s details in person when he appears.

During today’s proceedings, the chief commissioner informed the judge that the sit-in will be cleared as the two sides have reached an agreement. The judge then directed the counsel to read out the judgment and questioned the guarantee of the sit-in ending.

At the last hearing, Justice Siddiqui had directed the interior secretary to submit Senator Raja Zafarul Haq’s report before the court.

The ruling party has formed an inquiry committee under Haq that will identify those responsible for the ‘clerical error’ that led to the change in the oath of the Finality of Prophethood for electoral candidates.

Interior Minister Appears Before IHC in Dharna case  

10:15 AM

Islamabad: Interior Minister Ahsa Iqbal appeared before the Islamabad High Court in a contempt of court notice issued to him for not complying the court order to clear Faizabad interchange from the protesters.

The court resumed hearing of the case after a short break.  The hearing is currently underway at IHC.

IHC Orders Interior Minister to Appear Before Court Within 15 Minutes 

9:30 AM

Islamabad : Islamabad High Court while hearing a petition regarding the Faizabad sit-in has ordered Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to appear before the court within 15 minutes.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of IHC is hearing a petition regarding the sit-in. During last hearing the court has issued show cause notice for initiating contempt of court notice to the Interior Minister for not clearing Faizabad interchange of the protesters on the directives of the IHC.

The court had directed the Islamabad administration to remove the protesters from the interchange. However, the administration did not complied the order and Islamabad Chief Commissioner had told the court that Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had restrained the administration from operation against the protesters.

Upon this the court had issued contempt of court notice to the minister.

When the court took up the case today, a deputy attorney general sought time saying that the minister is about to reach the court. The judge while issuing directives to the minister to a appear before the court within 15 minutes when into short recess.

8:00 AM

 Islamabad Protesters Set to End Protest after Hamid Resignation

Islamabad : The protesters camped out at Faizabad interchange foe the last three weeks have agreed to end their protest after the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

The organisers of the sit-in would announce to end the sit-in shortly. Sources said that the government and Islamabad protesters have reached an agreement to end the protest.

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According to the agreement, an inquiry board will be set up so that action can be taken against those responsible for the controversial amendment to oath for electoral candidate regarding Finality of Prophethood.

The agreement also includes the condition that the arrested workers of the religious parties will have to be released and cases against them dismissed.

 Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid voluntarily stepped down from his position late on Sunday. Hamid tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which will be accepted later in the day.
5: 30 PM 

Islamabad (November 27, 2017): Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid resigned following  weeks-long protest by religious parties workers over a reversed change in the oath for electoral candidate regarding finality of Prophethood in the nomination papers.    

The minister’s resignation comes in the aftermath of Saturday’s botched operation against the protesters and successful negotiations with leaders of the demonstration.

The law minister’s resignation was the chief demand of the agitating parties, who have been staging about three weeks sit-in in the capital to press the government for his removal.

The resignation is the result of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters late Sunday night. 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.

11.55 PM

Traffic Situation Clear Across Metropolis: Police

Karachi (November 26, 2017): The traffic police on Sunday said that the traffic situation was clear across the metropolis.

Regular flow of traffic was reported in Karachi’s various districts, including south, city, east, west, central, Korangi, and Malir, according to a situation report of the ongoing sit-ins across the metropolitan.

Sit-ins in various parts of the city by a religious group continued for the second day today (Sunday) after the launch of an operation in Islamabad a day ago.

According to reports, protesters staged sit-ins at Numaish Chowrangi, Tower, Al-Asif Square, Orangi, Landhi, Jauhar Chowrangi, Punjab Chowrangi, and Hub River Road. They had also gathered at Nagan Chowrangi and Mausamiat earlier in the day, and blocked roads leading to traffic difficulties for the residents.

Containers were placed on the road leading to Governor House as well as the road from Teen Hatti to Jehangir Road.

Protesters had agreed to open a route from Tower leading to II Chundrigar Road after talks with Rangers, which restored the flow of traffic from Saddar to II Chundrigar earlier today.

Shahra-e-Faisal remained open for the public today after it was closed till late Saturday due to protests.

At least 30 people were reported injured in different incidents across Karachi on Saturday after demonstrations sprung up in response to the government’s operation against protesters gathered in Islamabad.

11.45 PM

Educational Institutions in Punjab, Sindh To Remain Closed

Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad (November 26, 2017): Educational institutions across Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad will remain closed on Monday after the government’s attempt to disperse protesters ended in deadly violence and raised law and order concerns in several parts of the country.

Protesters have been camped for the last three weeks on the roads connecting Rawalpindi and Islamabad, calling first for the federal law minister and now the entire federal cabinet to step down after a wording change in part of the electoral law regarding Khatm-i-Naboowat (finality of Prophethood).

The demonstrations have left the twin cities paralysed, and affected the everyday life and livelihood of citizens in several other parts of the country.

Students and teachers have also been affected by the violence and protests, resulting in the closure of schools, colleges and universities not just in the twin cities, but across Punjab and Sindh provinces as well.

The latest announcement came from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), which has order that all educational institutions to remain closed in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Monday.

“All 423 educational institutions under the administrative control of FDE shall remain closed on Monday,” the notification issued by the Director General of FDE said.

Educational institutes closed across Punjab, Sindh
Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan earlier today (Sunday) announced that all educational institutions across the province would remain closed for two days in light of the Islamabad operation and the ensuing protests countrywide.

11:25 PM

PML-N MNA Tahir Iqbal Chaudhary from Vehari announced to part ways from PML-N. Chaudhary Iqbal was elected from NA-169. Tahir Iqbal Chaudhary has also supported the demands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik.

11.20 PM

KU, SMIU Suspends Educational Activities, Interviews

Karachi (November 26, 2017): The Karachi University (KU) postponed all examinations to be held on Monday, reversing an earlier decision to hold the examinations as per schedule.

The varsity’s spokesperson Muhammad Farooq had earlier confirmed that examinations would be held as per schedule on Monday after the university had announced earlier today to postpone the examinations due to the tense security situation in the city.

The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has also announced to suspend all interviews and educational activities tomorrow, the public relations officer of the varsity told this correspondent.

In Punjab, all educational institutes will remain closed for two days in light of the Islamabad operation and the ensuing protests countrywide, the provincial minister for education said.

According to Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, all private and state-run educational institutes in the province will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, keeping in view the law and order situation after Islamabad operation.

Protesters belonging to a religious group continued to stage sit-ins and block roads in Lahore, Karachi and various other cities after security forces started an operation to disperse the Islamabad sit-in on Saturday.

Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Federal Urdu University, and Jinnah Women University will remain closed tomorrow.

11:15 PM

PM Abbasi Contacts Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over matter of Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s resignation.

11:10 PM

Religious parties seiged Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah’s house, after which police is firing tear gas shells on protesters in Faisalabad.

10.20 PM

Social Media Sites Unblocked in Pakistan

Karachi (November 26, 2017): Social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, were unblocked in Pakistan Sunday night, hours after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ordered their restoration.

TV news channels and social networking sites were suspended in Pakistan at the behest of the government on Saturday. The suspension of broadcast and social media came shortly after the authorities cracked down on the ongoing sit-in in Islamabad.

Access to the social networking websites was restored by cellular services provider Ufone, Warid, Zong and Telenor, and several other fixed-line connections at the time of filing of this report.

The websites are expected to be restored on other service providers as well over the next couple of hours.

On Saturday, a protester was killed while over 250 people including 90 policemen and FC personnel, as protests, took a violent turn in the capital. Around 8,000 security officials took part in the operation aimed at dispersing the protesters with the help of tear gas and water cannons.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) restored news channels across the country on Sunday evening — a day after it had ordered cable operators to take all news channels off air.

PEMRA, prior to its decision to take news channels off air, had directed media houses to ensure the security of their staff while the tense security situation persisted across the country.

The regulatory body had earlier barred media from live coverage of the Islamabad operation under the Media Code of Conduct 2015.

In a press release, the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) strongly condemned the unilateral closure of news channels by the government. The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed concern over the sudden closure of television channels and their transmission

10:10 PM

Four MNAs and 5 MPAs have decided to resign over Faizabad Operation. Abdul Razzaq Billo, Hamid Hameed, Munawwar Ghaus, Nizamuddin Syalwi handed over their resignations.

10:05 PM

Transporters Association of Pakistan has decided not to move their transport on roads in view of protests.

10:00 PM

Government approaches PPP in connection with current situation of the country. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal contacted Khursheed Shah and taken him into confidence.

9:50 PM

Traders in Lahore has announced to close their businesses in view of protests and the shops in different areas of Lahore will remain closed tomorrow.

9:10 PM

Government of Sindh decides to close educational institutions across the province. Education Minister announced that schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow.

9:10 PM

Punjab Law Minister Zahid Hamid Decides to Step Down.

8:50 PM

DG Rangers Punjab Tasked to End Faziabad Sit in

8:35 PM

DG Federation for Education Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi decided to close all government schools and colleges in Capital on November 27.

8:30 PM

Transmissions of All News Channels Restored: Maryam Aurangzeb

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb says transmission of all news channels has been restored under the direction of the Prime Minister.

In a statement, she said the transmission of the news channels was suspended after through deliberations in the best interest of the country to keep law and order situation under control.

She said the transmission has been restored after an understanding on code of conduct for reporting.

She said the government believes in freedom of expression.

7:45 PM

Citizens and religious scholar have started to send their messages to elected representatives. People and scholars have sought clarification from elected candidates regarding ‘Khatam-e-Naboowat. Acording to the letter, citizens and religious scholars present their stance regarding the matter.

7:40 PM

Private Schools Assocations in Karachi announce to close schools due to sit-ins, while Sindh Education Department has announced to open the schools on Monday.

7:20 PM

Protesters Storm at the house of Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yaseen in Lahore and break the glasses of windows, after which a heavy contingent of police has been deployed to control the situation.

7:15 PM

Islamabad administration refuse of reports for closure of educational institutions in Islamabad tomorrow.

7:10 PM

PTA Orders to restore social media nationwide after which Facebook, Youtube and Twitter will be restored. PTA Spokesperson said that people will be able to use facebook, Twitter and Youtube in a few while.

7:05 PM

In view of public protests and sit-ins, Punjab Assembly session adjourned till December 4.

5:50

Zahid Hamid Releases Video Message to Offer Explantion

Islamabad (November 26, 2017): Law Minister Zahid Hamid on Sunday released a video message on social media to assure the people that he believes in the finality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a day after his family house was attacked in Punjab.

In the video message the law minister read out the oath that election candidates must take under the Constitution.After reading the oath, the minister said: “This is the oath that is part of the law. And you all know that Constitution of Pakistan declares Qadianis, Ahmadi Group and Lahori Group as non-Muslims.I further want to say I love Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) from the depth of my heart.

I am an Ashiq-e-Rasool  and my family and I are prepared to lay down our lives for the honor and sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

4:30

PM, COAS Mull Options to Sort Out Faizabad Issue

Islamabad (November 26, 2017): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a high level  meeting on the Faizabad operation at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad today. 

The meeting was also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, DG ISI Naveed Mukhtar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, said the sources.

The premier was briefed on the situation that has ensued after the crackdown on the protesters in Faizabad. The meeting mull options to sort out Faizabad issue.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had cut short his United Arab Emirates visit and arrived homeland. The army chief was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and cut short his trip to reach the country last night.

Whereas Rangers have been given charge of the Faizabad operation in a bid to control the chaos in the capital. Around 1,000 Rangers personnel, who were deployed in Islamabad yesterday, have been re-positioned to the front-lines of the security operation.

Islamabad police and FC personnel, who were yesterday on the front-lines, have been relegated to back positions.

3:30 pm

Faizabad: Rangers have taken forward positions at and around Faizabad Interchange as protests continue in the federal capital and other cities.

1:50 pm

High-Level Meeting of PM, COAS Underway in Islamabad

Islamabad (November 26, 2017): A high-level meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa is currently underway at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad to discuss the law and order situation across the country after Faizabad operation.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence Rizwan Akhtar and other high officials are also present in the meeting, said sources.Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had cut short his United Arab Emirates visit and arrived homeland. The army chief was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and cut short his trip to reach the country last night.Whereas Rangers have been given charge of the Faizabad operation in a bid to control the chaos in the capital. Around 1,000 Rangers personnel, who were deployed in Islamabad yesterday, have been re-positioned to the front-lines of the security operation.

Islamabad police and FC personnel, who were yesterday on the frontlines, have been relegated to back positions, as decided in a meeting of police, capital administration and Rangers officials on Saturday night.

1:15 pm

Faisalabad: Activists of religious parties hold rallies and protest demonstrations, disrupting daily life in Faisalabad today. Heavy contingents of police were deployed outside the house of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to avoid any untoward incident.

1:00 pm

Educational Institutes to Remain Closed For Two Days in Punjab

Lahore (November 26, 2017): All educational institutes across Punjab will remain closed in Punjab on Monday and Tuesday in connection with tense situation, said Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan.

Minister for Education Rana Mashhood said that the decision is taken keeping in view the law and order situation after Faizabad operation.

He said that all private and public educational institutes in the province will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Protesters belonging to a religious group continued to stage sit-ins and block roads in Lahore, Karachi and various other cities after security forces started an operation to disperse the Islamabad sit-in on Saturday.

12.00 pm

COAS Cuts Short UAE Visit, Will Meet PM Today

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has cut sort his United Arab Emirates visit and arrived homeland.

COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the prevailing situation in the country, said sources.COAS Cuts Short UAE Visit, Will Meet PM TodayThe army chief was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and cut short his trip to reach the country last night.Earlier, The federal government had called the military to control the enraged protesters at Faizabad that has caused the death of the three people and injuries of more than 200 people.

In response to the government’s call for military deployment to remove Faizabad sit-in, Army had said that traditionally military is not used to disperse protesters.

11:00 am

Badin: Shutter-down strike is being obverse in Badin on the appeal of religious parties.

10:00 am    

Islamabad: Rangers have taken command of Faizabad operation whereas the contingents of Frontier Constabulary (FC) and police went to backside positions.

9:25 am

Tension Continues in Karachi, Protesters Occupy Various Areas

Karachi: Religious parties hold sit-in in different areas of Karachi. According to the details, the protesters hold sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi, Sohrab Goth, MA Jinnah Road, Korangi, Liaquatabad and Hub River Road.

Protesters have occupied 10 different areas of the city, including Numaish Chowrangi, Tower, Al-Asif Square, Orangi, Landhi and Hub River Road.Containers have been placed on the road leading to Governor House as well as the road from Teen Hatti to Jehangir Road.

Protesters agreed to open a route from Tower leading to II Chundrigar Road after talks with Rangers, after which traffic flow from Saddar to II Chundrigar was back to normal.

Shahra-e-Faisal is open for traffic today after it remained close till late Saturday due to protests.Heavy traffic was seen late Saturday night at roads leading to Karimabad due to protests at Sohrab Goth.

At least 30 people were reported injured in different incidents across Karachi on Saturday after demonstrations sprung up in response to the government’s operation against protesters gathered in Islamabad.

Hospital sources confirmed 27 of the 30 people injured in different incident across the city were admitted to Jinnah Hospital, while three were admitted to the Civil Hospital.By Saturday afternoon much of the city had come to a standstill owing to protests on the city’s main artery Shahrah-e-Faisal near Star Gate, where police resorted to firing teargas shells.

Protests were also reported at Jillani centre near Tower, on Hasan Square, Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway. The sources added that protestors at Al Asif Square also severed the main road link between Karachi and Hyderabad.In a statement issued late Saturday afternoon, Director General of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Major General Muhammad Saeed said that the paramilitary force had been deployed in the metropolitan to ensure peace.

He also said that no one will be allowed to harm public property.

Train services from Karachi to interior Sindh were suspended in the wake of protests across the city, which have now been restored.

8:45 am

Multan: Most of the petrol pumps, shopping plazas, banks and showrooms remained closed in Multan due to security concerns. Whereas police and security forces are on high alert.

In Toba Tek Singh, a religious party hold sit-in at Shuhada Chowk. While ‘Markazi Anjuman-E-Tajran’ announced to support the protest in the city.      

8:00 am

Traditionally Military Not Used To Disperse Protesters: Army

In response to the government’s call for military deployment to remove Faizabad sit-in, Army has said that traditionally military is not used to disperse protesters.

In a letter to the government, Army said that they are ready to perform the assign duty but some important issues are yet to clarify.Army said that apex court banned utilization of firearms to disperse the protesters.

Earlier, the federal government, finally, called the military to control the enraged protesters at Faizabad that has caused the death of the three people and injuries of more than 200 people.

In its notification the interior ministry said that the armed force has been called under the article 245 of the constitution and anti-terrorist act 1997.

The notification also said that the deployment of military will continue for indefinite period from November 25, today to restore the law and order situation in the capital.

The army will be deployed in various parts of Islamabad to secure main offices of the judiciary, Parliament House, Presidency and Prime Minister Houses, foreign missions, foreign office and other important installations.

Day One

11:30

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has demanded the interior minister Ahsan Iqbal resignation over his failure to end Faizabad sit-in peacefully as he also demanded the ban on live coverage of TV channels.

In a statement PTI General Secretary Jahangir Tareen alleged that interior minister has mishandled the sit-in from its start and his mountainous claim to solve the issue peacefully turned into ashes.

“The today’s crackdown has plunged the entire country in fire of unrest as government has used undemocratic ways just hide its ineligibility that led to call the military in Islamabad and Rangers have been called for other main cities,” he mentioned.

He termed Ahsan as failed minister and sand his wrong strategy put entire country in grip of unrest, therefore he should instantly relinquish his post.

10:00

Karachi: After passage of nine hours the upcountry trains are still trapped at various Karachi stations. Hundreds of passengers standards at Cant Station, City and Drig Road Stations for nine hours.

The railways officials said that the trains could not be run without receiving clearance , however administration was trying to run trains on alternative routes that might caused the delay.

Officials informed that the railway police deployed for the security of the trains.

Meanwhile police has arrested 20 persons involved in damaging public property in Kalaboard.

8:50

The federal government, finally, called the military to control the enraged protesters at Islamabad that has caused the death of  three people and injuries of more than 200 people.

8:45

The home department of provincial government has formally requested to interior ministry for the deployment of Rangers on sensitive areas to tackle the protesters, who are protesting against the crackdown on Faizabad protesters.

Home department in its request told that ministry that the protesters can move to the sensitive  installations, therefore Punjab government is requesting deployment of four companies of Rangers.

7.15 pm

PBA Strongly Condemns Unilateral Closure of News Channels

Karachi (November 25, 2017): Pakistan Broadcasters Association has strongly condemned the unilateral closure of news channels by the Government. PBA is a signatory to the Code of Conduct that is approved by the Supreme Court and has always been willing to abide by it.

The right to information is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution. PBA members have been responsibly covering the event and protest for the viewers of Pakistan including the dharna’s side effects as well as the courts judgement regarding it. As per the code of conduct on sensitive security operations PBA members will avoid live coverage that can jeopardize the operation and safety of security personnel as well as avoid all sensitive content that can incite violence against law enforcement personnel. Across the board unilateral action however must be avoided at all cost by the Government / PEMRA. The outright closure of news channels regardless of their content and conduct will not be acceptable by PBA and this action must be reversed immediately.  Action should be against those channels that violate the code of conduct as per the law. PBA has also strongly condemned violence by the protesters against journalists including reporters, camera men and technical staff.Burning of media vans and DSNGs is highly condemnable. DSNG vans of Samma, Abb Tak and GEO have been attacked and damaged as have reporters associated with GEO and Dunya been injured. PBA demands that Government take action against the culprits and provide security to the journalists and property of media houses performing their constitutional responsibilities”.

7:10 pm

Karachi: Following the worsen situation created the agitation by the religious parties supporters, the Sindh government has called the Rangers to assist the police for restoration of peace in the city.

According to details, Sindh Home department has issued the instruction to Rangers to assist police to clear the roads blocked by the protesters and maintain the law and order.

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Provincial government has also directed the DIG Traffic police to take measures to clear the roads blocked by the protesters. It also directed the district administration to make dialogue the leaders of the protesters.

7:00m pm

Gujarat: Enraged protesters have ablaze the Kharian police station in Gujarat that prompted police to use tear gas. However, protesters pelted with police with stone that injured 100 police personnel injured.

6:55 pm

Imran Appeals Protestors To Remain Peaceful

Islamabad (November 25, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday appealed to the protesters in Islamabad to keep the protest peaceful.

“Finality of Prophethood is a vital element of our religious belief hence I appeal to the protesters to remain peaceful,” Imran said.

In another statement, the PTI chief said that he had concerns over the worsening situation of the country due to the government’s ineffectiveness.“Why wasn’t Raja Zafar-ul-Haq Committee’s report issued despite admitting the mistake,” Imran said. “Why wasn’t necessary action taken against those found responsible by the committee?”

He delayed his visit to Karachi today in light of the metropolitan’s situation, where protests against the crackdown on the Faizabad sit-ins are being staged.

6:50 pm

Islamabad: After the police and law enforcement agencies crackdown, that caused the death of three persons and injured more than 200, the leaders of Labaik Ya Rasullalah has changed their demand. Now they want to whole cabinet to resign instead of of law minister Zahid Hamid.

The leaders vowed protesters will not return to their home till the resignation of the cabinet.

6:40 pm

Finally, The law minister Zahid Hamid, whose resign was the persisting demand of protesters, has offered to step down as law minister in talk to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The law minister telephoned PM Abbasi and offered resignation in interest of the country.

“I am ready to relinquish post If issue can be solved,” he said.

6:20 pm

Multiple Protests in Karachi Bring City To Freeze

After the government began an operation in Islamabad against protestors gathered at the Faizabad interchange, protests sprung up across the country with multiple taking places in Karachi.

Protesters gathered at the Numaish Chowrangi since morning, shut down the access roads and forcefully closed all the shops in the area.

By afternoon much of the city had come to a standstill owing to protests on the city’s main artery Shahrah-e-Faisal near Star Gate where police resorted to firing teargas shells.Protests were also reported at Jillani centre near Tower, on Hasan Square, Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway. The sources added that protestors at Al Asif Square also severed the main road link between Karachi and Hyderabad.

Speaking to journalists, SSP Malir Rao Anwar said he had summoned Rangers for assistance and had instructed all the SHOs to seal the lanes from Shah Faisal Colony leading to Shahrah-e-Faisal.He also confirmed that SHO Memon Goth and a constable were injured due to firing.

It was earlier reported that 28 people were injured during clashes in Karachi, out of which 7 are said to be critical.

6:10 pm

Islamabad: The former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed anger over the deteriorating situation after the crackdown on Faizabad sit-in protesters.

He showed his anger during a phone call by the interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, who briefed him over the post crackdown across the country.

Nawaz Sharif has directed him to complete the operation as soon as possible.

5:50 pm

Islamabad: At least three persons including ASI have died so far in a crackdown on Faizabad Sit-in protesters, while the injured toll climbed to more than 200. according to hospital sources, 40 injured shifted in hospitals in Rawalpindi, while 161 shifted to Islamabad hospitals.

5:30 pm

Protesters Attack Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s House

 Enraged protesters attacked the house of  Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid here on Saturday.

According to the details Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s residence in Sialkot was attacked by supporters of Tehreek-i-Labaik and other religious parties on Saturday.

The attackers, that were more than 100 in number, vandalised and pelted stones at Hamid’s house that is situated in Pasrur near Sialkot. Only a dozen security guards were posted at the house, many of whom were injured in the attack, following which additional security forces were summoned.

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The police have arrested more than a dozen protesters that were allegedly involved in the attack from the scene.

The law minister’s family members were not at the residence at the time of the attack.

Meanwhile, protesters set on fire entrance gate of the house of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

PML-N MNA Javed Latif claimed that his residence was also attacked by angry mob in Sheikhupura. However, local police disputed the minister’s claim.

Sheikhpura: The enraged protesters attacked at PML-N MNA Javed Latif and he was sustained injuries in head.

5:10 pm

Islamabad: The injured toll climbed to 158 as 42 of them shifted to  PIMs and poly clinic for medical treatment. Injured include 63 police and 48 FC personnel.

5:00 pm

Karachi: In reaction against crackdown on Faizabad sit-in protesters have met backlash and people came out from their house across the country. In Karachi, hundreds of people protesting across the city and  thy staged sit-in on 37 places of the metropolitan.

The protests later spread to other parts of the city, including Teen Talwar, Boat Basin, NIPA, Shahrah-i-Faisal near Stargate and Nursery, Hub River Road and Hassan Square, where both tracks of the road have closed for traffic.At least 21 people have been injured in skirmishes between protesters and police as demonstrators have set a truck on fire at Natha Khan Bridge. Police shelled protesters at Nursery and at Shahr-e-Faisal caused the injuries of several persons.

The SHO 0f Memon Goth has also sustained injuries as the protesters have shut the shops and tried to blocked the roads that caused the traffic mess at various places.

Lahore: Like other parts of the country the supporters of the religious parties staged protest across the Lahore. People Gathered at Data Darbar, Babu Sabu, Kasur, Ferozepur Road and Mall Road and blocked the roads, burnt tyers that caused the traffic jam and severely difficulties for movement of vehicles.

4:20 pm

Ahsan Signals To Resume Dialogue With Protest Leader

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that he was ready to resume dialogue with the protest leaders, adding the operation to disperse Islamabad sit-in had been launched on court orders.

Speaking to the state-run television, the minister said that the crackdown had been initiated in the capital in the light of court orders, which could not be ignored.

He claimed that religious parties protesting in Islamabad being used under the international conspiracy and that the government was investigating the matter.

He said that it is a duty of administration to implement the court orders, Iqbal said.

He appealed to the masses to beware of any conspiracy meant to spread violence as the country could not afford instability.

He warned that the protesters had certain things and resources which might be used against the state.“Our administration is acting on the court’s orders and we are completely supporting them,” he said.

“We have made all peaceful efforts, but we are forced to act as the group has not budged. These people do not know that anti-Pakistan elements are using this to spread malice against Pakistan.”

“We are trying to clear the area with minimum violence, but we also need to ensure the fundamental rights of people of twin cities,” he asserted.

3.30 pm

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over the sit-in in Islamabad.“COAS telephoned PM. Suggested to handle Isb Dharna peacefully avoiding violence from both sides as it is not in national interest and cohesion,” DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on Saturday.

3.00 pm

Protesters Attack Ch. Nisar House in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi (November 25, 2017): Several men protesting following the crackdown on the Faizabad sit-in on Saturday attacked the residence of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar in Rawalpindi.Protesters Attack Ch. Nisar House in RawalpindiThey broke the gate and tried to enter the house but were prevented from doing so police and security guards, media reported.

The protesters shouted slogans against the government and leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

2.30 pm

Nawaz Chairs High Level Huddle To Discuss Current Situation

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif on Saturday chaired a high-level party huddle in the city’s Raiwind area.

Top party officials and government representatives attended the meeting, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, ministers Saad Rafique and Marriyum Aurganzeb.

Also present in the meeting were Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shshbaz.The meeting was convened to discuss political and national issues and comes amid an operation against Islamabad sit-in by security officials.

Heavy contingents of police, FC and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where they are using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for almost three weeks. According to reports, dozens of protesters have been detained.

2.00 pm

Islamabad Operation: FB, Youtube, Twitter Blocked

After Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) ordered a complete media blackout on coverage of Islamabad Operation, social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been blocked in the country.

While these sites are still accessible through mobile apps, their access from web remains unavailable.Islamabad Operation: FB, Youtube, Twitter BlockedDone in order to deter any possible live coverage of Faizabad sit-in that has paralyzed the country’s capital for the past 19 days, these social websites are under absolute blockade as per the orders of PEMRA.

Earlier, broadcasts of certain news channels closed down in different areas, following the instruction of PEMRA for all media channels to go off-air on Islamabad crackdown.

1.00 pm

PEMRA Orders All News Channel To Go Off Air

Islamabad (November 25, 2017): After baring media from live coverage of the clashes taking place between the protesters of religious groups and forces in Islamabad, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has suspended transmission of TV channels.

A policeman was martyred and 100 other people including policemen were shifted to different hospital after the authorities launched crackdown on the protesters at Faizabad Interchange.

The protesters were staging a sit-in for the last 19 days ignoring the government’s appeals and court orders to end the protest.

12.15 pm

Nawaz Chairs High-level PML-N Meeting in Lahore

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif is chairing a high-level party huddle in the city’s Raiwind area.

Top party officials and government representatives are attending the meeting, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, ministers Saad Rafique and Marriyum Aurganzeb.

Also present in the meeting are Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz.The meeting has been convened to discuss political and national issues and comes amid an operation against Islamabad sit-in by security officials.

Heavy contingents of police, FC and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where they are using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for almost three weeks. According to reports, dozens of protesters have been detained.

11.45 am

PM Abbasi, Nawaz, Punjab CM Discuss Overall Political Situation

Lahore (November 25, 2017): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are holding a meeting at Raiwind in Lahore.PM Abbasi, Nawaz, Punjab CM Discuss Overall Political SituationThey are discussing overall political situation and matters of national importance.

11.35 am

Isb Operation: Policeman Martyred, More Than 150 Injured

A policeman was martyred during clashes with protesters after an operation to clear Faizabad interchange commenced early Saturday morning. At least 158 injured in clashes between security forces and protesters. 

Police said the deceased suffered a deadly blow to the head in I-8/4 sector as protesters pelted stones at security officials during the operation.

Heavy contingents of police, FC and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where they are using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for almost three weeks. According to reports, dozens of protesters have been detained.The operation was commenced on court orders following the expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration.

Prison vans, ambulances are at the site, while helicopters and drones are being used by the authorities for aerial surveillance. Around 8,000 security officials are taking part in the operation, including 3,000 FC personnel.

100 people injured have been brought to hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. 30 policemen and 14 FC personnel are among those injured.

According to district administration sources, the Faizabad interchange is now in control of authorities as the operation continues in the area. Security officials are conducting operation against the protesters from five directions: Khanna Pul, GT Road, Islamabad Club Road, Express Highway and Murree Road.Protesters have blocked Bhara Kahu leading to Murree. They have also set fire to two vehicles at Faizabad Chowk.

Schools situated at Murree Road have been evacuated because of the tear gas shelling in the area.

Minutes prior to starting the operation, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) removed the barbed wire fences surrounding the sit-in area, where protesters belonging to a religious party had been demonstrating for 20 days.

Security officials and LEAs had evacuated Faizabad ahead of the operation, Junejo added.

Abb Takk News’ correspondents at the scene explained that the markets and bus stops in Faizabad and its surrounding areas are completely empty, while police have banned entry for all unrelated persons.

10.30 am

Protests Erupt in Different Cities After Islamabad Operation

Islamabad/Karachi/Lahore/Mirpur Azad Kashmir, Faisalabad, other cities (November 25, 2017): After the crackdown against protestors in Islamabad began early Saturday morning, protesters have also started gathering at key points across the country including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Azad Kashmir, Tando Allahyar, Jacobabad, Chakwal, Sabrial, Faisalabad and Gujranwala.

The situation in Karachi worsened when people supporting the sit-in took to the streets. The protesters blocked Numaish Chowrangi and chanted slogans against the government. The flow of traffic also got severely affected.

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In Rawat, the protesters barricaded main G.T Road near Channi Pull and demanded to stop the operation whereas the mob also resorted to stone pelting at the cars at Sheikhupura’s Batti Chowk.

In Lahore, people burned tyres and blocked roads leading to Gujranwala. They also surrounded railway track after which a clash erupted between police and them.

Meanwhile, long queues of vehicles were seen in Okara and Renala Khurd while a protest was also witnessed in Daska.

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On the other hand, Police, Frontier Corpse (FC) and Rangers personnel launched crackdown against Faizabad sit-in protesters on early Saturday morning after the deadline given by the local administration to clear the main road expired at midnight.

The operation was carried out after police personnel repeatedly directed the protesters to call-off their sit-in. The officers resorted to teargas and rubber bullets firing over which the workers of religious parties hurled stones at them.

10.00 am

Heavy contingents of police, FC, and Rangers commenced operation early Saturday morning against the protesters at the city’s Faizabad Interchange, using tear gas to disperse the protesters and detaining dozens in the process.

The operation was commenced on court orders following expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration.

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Prison vans, ambulances are at the site, while helicopters and drones are being used by the authorities for aerial surveillance. Riot police also used water cannons to disperse the protesters. Around 8,000 security officials are taking part in the operation, including 3,000 FC personnel.

Several police and FC officials were injured as protesters pelted stones, rocks at them.

According to district administration sources, the Faizabad interchange is now in control of authorities as the operation continues in the area as well as Murree Road.Some schools situated at Murree Road have been evacuated because of the tear gas shelling in the area.

Minutes prior to starting the operation, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) removed the barbed wire fences surrounding the sit-in area, where protesters belonging to a religious party had been demonstrating for 20 days.

Commenting on the developments prior to the operation, Asmatullah Junejo — the assistant inspector-general (AIG) for police who is currently at the scene — had said the authorities “will conduct an operation against the protestors [in the sit-in] today.”

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Security officials and LEAs had evacuated Faizabad ahead of the operation, Junejo added.

Abb Takk News’ correspondents at the scene explained that the markets and bus stops in Faizabad and its surrounding areas are completely empty, while police have banned entry for all unrelated persons.

They added that a drone has also been spotted in the vicinity.“We will clear the [Faizabad] area today in line with the court’s orders,” Junejo said, adding that they “will try our best to make sure there is no fatality”.

Protests erupt in Karachi
Protesters blocked Numaish Chowrangi and MA Jinnah Road in Karachi early Saturday morning as they demonstrated against the operation underway in Islamabad.

Contingents of police reached the Numaish area to disperse the gathering crowd of protesters. Water cannons have been put in place at the chowrangi for use if the need arises.Final warning
Late Friday night, the district administration of the federal capital had issued a final warning to protesters of a religious party, camped at Faizabad Interchange, and had told them to disperse by midnight, threatening to take action of the order was not followed.

The warning was issued in a notification issued by the district magistrate.The order by the district administration came after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered to shift the protesters to the Parade Ground within a span of three days.

The district administration had stated that the protesters have been camping at the critical junction illegally and the protesters have been issued a three-day warning previously too, hence, the protesters should vacate Faizabad Interchange by midnight Friday.

If an operation is conducted to clear the interchange, then the responsibility will fall on the leadership and the participants of the protest, the administration added.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that when the writ of the state ends, decisions are made on the streets.The bench — comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mushir Alam — also expressed its displeasure at the unrelenting situation and noted that the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were facing serious problems as a result of the sit-in.

The apex court bench added that the sit-in is all about the ego of one man and his quest for fame.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also stated that the state is on one page regarding sit-in and the government is still trying to resolve the issue through peaceful means.

8.15 am

Operation Launched to Evacuate Faizabad Interchange

Police in collaboration with law enforcement agencies finally launched operation to evacuate the Faizabad interchange as the protesters turned a deaf ear to the several deadlines given by the government.

Police resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters. Police, FC and Rangers launched the operation after the final dead line given by the government expired at 7 am today.The protesters are evacuating the Faizabad Interchange and security forces moving forward. Police and LEAs taking the protesters into custody. While the protesters were pelting stones on the security forces. After the resistance, police and the security forces came back on previous positions.At least 30 protesters were taken into custody, whereas many police personnel were injured due to stone-pelting.

Commenting on the forthcoming developments, Asmatullah Junejo the assistant inspector-general (AIG) for police said the Security officials and law enforcement agencies have evacuated Faizabad ahead of the impending operation.

“We will clear the area today in line with the court’s orders,” Junejo said, adding that they “will try our best to make there is no fatality”.Earlier, Islamabad’s district administration on Friday issued a final warning to protesters camped out at the Faizabad Interchange to disperse, threatening to take action if the order was not heeded.According to the details, while implementing the Islamabad High Court’s order on Friday, the district administration in Islamabad has issued final warning to sit-in protestors in Faizabad to clear the main road by 7am today.

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In the final notice, the district administration has warned that operation will be launched against the protesters after 7 am and the protesting party will be responsible if any mishap occurred.

In the missive, the district magistrate noted that for more than two weeks the protesters have illegally occupied the Faizabad Bridge, which connects Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The notification recalls that the participants have been asked to disperse thrice before but to no avail.

“The Parade Ground located near the Faizabad Interchange has been allocated for protests,” the notification states.

If the participants do not vacate the area by midnight, an operation will be launched against them, the District Magistrate has warned.

“If an operation is launched, the onus will be on the participants and leaders of the protest,” the notification further warns.

7-15 am

Faizabad Sit-in: Security Forces Ready to Take Action

Security forces are ready to take action against the protestors at Faizabad Interchange as another deadline given by the government has expired at 7 am today.

Additional contingents of FC and Rangers are deployed in the area for the assistance of police. Security forces have evacuated markets, restaurants and bus stations in the area. Senior officers of police and the city administrations have arrived at Faizabad to monitor the expected operation.

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Sources said that IG police Islamabad and RPO Rawalpindi will lead the operation against the protesters. Security forces may use water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. Interior ministry sources said that Faizabad will be evacuated today at any cost in compliance with the court orders.

Rangers will take control of Faizabad after the operation, said the sources.

5,oo am

Govt Extends Deadline to End Faizabad Sit-in: Jami

Pir Syed Ghulam Nizamuddin Jami of Golra Sharif has said that the government has extended deadline for the religious parties to end their sit-in at Faizabad Interchange by 7 am today.

Ghulam Nizamuddin Jami said he was confident the sit-in issue will be resolved peacefully. Jami revealed that the government assured him that force will not be used against the  protesters.

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Jami said this after presiding over an important meeting in Islamabad. Pir Sajidur Rahman Baghar Sharif, Sunni Tehreek President Sarwat Ejaz Qadri and others were present in the meeting. After attending the meeting, Pir Afzal Qadri left for Faizabad for consultation with the protesters.

1.00 am

Faizabad Sit-in Enters 20th Day, Midnight Deadline Expires

The protesters belonging to different religious parties continued their sit-in on 20th consecutive day at Faizabad Interchange, whereas the midnight deadline given by Islamabad district administration has expired.

Islamabad’s district administration on Friday evening issued a final warning to protesters camped out at the Faizabad Interchange to disperse, threatening to take action if the order was not heeded.

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In the final notice, the district administration has warned that operation will be launched against the protestors after 12:00am and the protesting party will be responsible if any mishap occurred.

On the other hand law enforcement agencies and they city administration have evolved strategy to remove the sit-in. Sources said that tear gas, water cannons and baton charge will be used to disperse the protesters at Faizabad Interchange early in the morning.Sources said that Pir Nizamuddin Jami has contacted a government official and has requested an extension of the deadline. Jami expressed hope that the issue can be resolved through peaceful dialogues.Earlier, the district administration had stated that the protesters have been camping at the critical junction illegally and the protesters have been issued a three-day warning previously too, hence, the protesters should vacate Faizabad Interchange immediately.

If an operation is conducted to clear the interchange, then the responsibility will fall on the leadership and the participants of the protest, added the administration.

In the missive, the district magistrate noted that for two weeks the protesters have illegally occupied the Faizabad Bridge, which connects Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The notification recalls that the participants have been asked to disperse thrice before but to no avail.“The Parade Ground located near the Faizabad Interchange has been allocated for protests,” the notification states.

If the participants do not vacate the area by midnight, an operation will be launched against them, the District Magistrate has warned.

Daily life in the capital has been disrupted by protesters belonging to religious parties — including the Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan (ST) — who are calling for the sacking of Law Minister Zahid Hamid and strict action against those behind the amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017.

The amendment had earlier been deemed a ‘clerical error’ and has already been rectified. The government on Monday scrambled to secure the support of religious leaders and ulema from across the political spectrum in a bid to negotiate a peaceful end to the sit-in.

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