Ahsan Iqbal rejects ‘unlawful’ demands of Islamabad protesters


ISLAMABAD : Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has categorically ruled out accepting any unlawful demand of a religious group that has been blocking Islamabad’s Faizabad Inter-Section for nearly three weeks.

“We have already strengthened the Finality of Prophethood Law in consultation with all political parties,” Interior Minister Iqbal told media persons.

He said that the government would not accept any illegal demand from the leader of the protest.

Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasoo Ullah, Sunni Tehreek and some other religious parties have been holding a sit-in at Faizabad Inter-Change in Islamabad to demand the ouster of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid over now withdrawn changes in election declaration.

The government blamed clerical error for the changes and corrected the bill.

“If we accept their illegal demands, more will be coming here with new demands,” he argued.

The interior minister said that Election Act 2017 was adopted in consultation with all political parties.

He warned that those holding a sit-in at Faizabad wanted dead bodies.

“We can disperse the crowd within two hours, but who will guarantee that there will be no violence,” he said.

The interior minister said that leaders of the protest were inciting their supporters to violence.

“They want to pit the followers of a sect and government against each other,” he warned, adding that creating a discord regarding Finality of Prophethood was tantamount to doing enmity with the country.

Orignally published by INP

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