ISLAMABAD: The government finally caved into the demands of protesting religious parties after a failed operation to evict them from Faizabad Interchange as Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who is at the center of the controversy, tendered his resignation.
The minister’s resignation was the key demand of the protesting Tahreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah camped out at the capital’s main artery for more than 20 days.
The federal government has reached an agreement with the protest leaders and the minister’s resignation is said to be part of it. The agreement comes on the heels of a botched police action against the protesters that left five people dead and over 150 injured, paralyzing major cities of the country.
Zahid Hamid offered the resignation to steer the country out of the prevailing critical situation, a Radio Pakistan report said.
The protest leaders are expected to announce an end to the sit-in at a press conference shortly as their chief demand has been accepted.
“Our main demand has been accepted,” Ejaz Ashrafi, spokesman of the Tahreek-e-Labaik group said.