Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (SAW) continue to stage sit-in on 17th day

Hundreds of activists of religious parties’ have on Wednesday continue to stage a sit-in at Faizabad on the 17th day as a deadlock in the negotiations with the government continues to persist.

Religious groups are staging over a two-week-long protest at Faizabad Interchange, the main entry point of the capital city. Despite talks between the two sides for the second consecutive day at Punjab House, a deadlock persists between the authorities and protesters over the Faizabad blockade.

The federal government might opt for ‘option b’ to disperse the protesters of a sit-in at Faizabad interchange before Eid Milad-un-Nabi as it is running short of options to handle the situation peacefully.

The matter was on top of the agenda during the parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair, it is further learnt. However, the meeting remained inconclusive overtaking a decisive action.

Earlier, the government and the representatives of Tehreek-e-Labbaik agreed to form a new committee headed by Pir Haseen ud Deen Shah to end the siege of the federal capital.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) warned authorities to obey its order to shut down a protest by religious parties, which has sparked widespread anger by virtually bringing the capital to a halt for two weeks.

The Islamabad High Court said it would hold officials in contempt if they did not launch a crackdown, as enraged commuters called for the roads to be opened and critics accused the government of creating a dangerous precedent by failing to take a tough stance.

The roughly 2,000 protesters from the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (SAW) have blocked the main highway used by thousands of commuters since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls.

The government insisted on negotiating with the demonstrators even after the court issued an order for the roads to be cleared by last Saturday. “This is a very serious situation,” a written statement from the court said Monday. It blasted the lack of progress as “beyond comprehension” and said the suffering of citizens had reached its limit.

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