Religious group to continue sit-in in Lahore despite a call by leader to end

LAHORE: A little-known religious group has refused to end its sit-in in parts of Lahore despite a call by Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRAP) to end the protest following the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid and an agreement between the government and protesters.

Monday’s announcement came after a botched operation on Saturday to disperse the demonstrators sparked violence in Islamabad that left at least seven people dead and hundreds wounded. It fuelled the spread of the protests to major cities across the country, including Karachi and Lahore.

Refusing to end the sit-in, founder of Tehreek Sirat-e-Mustaqeem (TSM) Dr Ahsraf Asif Jalali said while the group’s sit-in was to express solidarity with TLYRAP but is was not conditional with the protesters at Faizabad, instead a meeting of senior religious scholars later in the day will decided on the fate of their sit-in.

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