Pakistan’s Interior Minister asked for more time to end long siege of Islamabad

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s Interior Minister today asked for more time to end the more than two-week long siege of the capital Islamabad by some 2,000 protesters belonging to hardline religious groups who have been demanding the resignation of the country’s law minister.The activists of Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i- Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan (ST) have been blocking the Islamabad Expressway and Murree Road at Faizabad interchange that connect Islamabad with its only airport and the garrison city of Rawalpindi.The judge in the hearing admonished the administration and ordered that notices be issued to secretary interior, chief commissioner, inspector general and deputy commissioner for failing to carry out court orders.
Iqbal requested for more time to deal with the issue peacefully.The court observed that it was responsibility of the state to ensure right of common citizen and protesters were causing serious problems for students, patients and others.Later, the judge adjourned the hearing till Thursday and asked that the issue should be resolved by the next hearing.”A meeting has been summoned in afternoon (today) with all clerics of Islam’s leading schools of thought to end the crisis. I hope to find a peaceful solution in next 24-48 hours,” he said.
The government has deployed hundreds of security personnel in riot gear to take action against the protesters but has been dilly-dallying to take action due to fear of backlash from the extremists.The government also offered to send law minister on leave or change his portfolio but the protesters rejected it and refused to disperse until the minister was removed.