Islamabad protesters agree to end sit-in following Zahid Hamid’s resignation


ISLAMABAD: Following the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid, the government and Islamabad protesters have reached an agreement to end the protest, sources told Geo News.

Workers of religious parties will make the announcement to end the sit-in, shortly.

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 the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates within 30 days.

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.

The decision comes in the wake of the protests that continue across the country, following Saturday’s crackdown by the police and paramilitary personnel on Islamabad sit-in staged by a religious group.

The protesters demanded the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

The government tried to negotiate with the protesters while refusing the demand for the resignation of the Federal Law Minister, but all the talks of negotiations were unsuccessful until Zahid Hamid tendered his resignation.

“In order to restore peace in the country, I have decided to step down from my position,” said Hamid.

Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq is heading the committee formed earlier by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif to fix the responsibility for the introduction of the controversial amendment to the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates.

Besides Haq, Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan are also part of the committee.

The committee was formed on October 7 to probe the issue as it had attracted backlash from various quarters, even though the mistake was rectified soon after the amendment was made.

The committee headed by the senator is expected to present a report related to the controversial amendment to the court.



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