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Govt Decides To Form Committee To Hold Talks With Protesters

Islamabad (November 01, 2018): The government has decided on Thursday to hold talks with the protesters holding sit-ins across country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

According to the details, 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.

On Wednesday, PM Imran backed the Supreme Court’s decision in the Asia Bibi case and warned protesters against clashing with the state.

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.Earlier on Wednesday night (October 31) Prime Minister 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.

Addressing the Nation, PM Imran said that the despicable language used by a small section of the society against the army, judiciary and the government is deplorable.

“Such language is used by enemies of the state,”

PM said that Supreme court’s decision regarding Asia Bibi is as per the constitution.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a televised address to the nation, fully backed the judges in Asia Bibi case, in which they acquitted the Christian woman of all blasphemy charges against her and ordered her immediate release.

“I’m here only because a Supreme Court verdict was announced today and the way a small section reacted to it and the language that they used…I’m forced to address you,” Khan said.

“The decision of the judges is according to the constitution and Pakistan’s constitution is according to the teachings of Islam.”

He said that Pakistan is the only country, which was made in the name of Islam.He warned that state will establish its writ if groups protesting the Supreme Court’s verdict on Asia Bibi don’t call off their protests.

“Those who are inciting people to violence for their political objectives should be rejected. I appeal to you not to start confrontation with the state.”

“Don’t cause any harm to this country for your politics and vote. If you do this, rest assured state will perform its responsibility of life and property of the people,” the prime minister said.He lamented that a small section took the streets after the verdict and used foul language and incited general to revolt against the army chief and judges.

He said Pakistan is the only country after Medina to be established in the name of Islam.

“The verdict given by the judges was according to the Constitution of Pakistan which was made in line with the Sharia.”

“I have said this time and again that Pakistan will become a great nation in accordance with the principles of the state of Medinah. It’s part of my belief that we will transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state.”“We have practically done something which no government has ever done. When the Dutch parliamentarian committed blasphemy, Pakistan was the first country to raise the matter and force them to withdraw the caricature competition.

“We also raised the issue at the OIC. And as a result, the EU court of human rights ruled that committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad can not be conceived as freedom of expression.”

“Who can run the government like this? Who can survive such crisis. We are already facing a financial crisis. We have been trying hard to pull the country out of crises,” he said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. The verdict on her final appeal against her execution was reserved by a special three-member bench on October 8.After the decision, protests took place across Pakistan against the acquittal.

Allegations against Bibi
The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when she was labouring in a field and a row broke out with some Muslim women who alleged that she committed blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, despite her advocates maintaining her innocence and insisting the accusers held grudges against her.

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