Ministry of Interior on late Friday decided to conduct operation against the protestors in Faizabad sit-in after the repeated failed talks with the Tehrik-e-Labaik leaders.
Sources revealed that the Interior Ministry directed the local administration and police to prepare for the operation which will be held on Saturday morning.
The federal government initiated talks with the protestors on several occasions during the last two weeks, but all went in vain. The protestors have continuously demanded of the resignation from Law Minister Zahid Hamid over the alleged exclusion of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause in the nomination papers to which he denies. Both the parliament houses had restored the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause in the nomination papers in its original form through the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2017.
According to sources, the Faizabad sit-in will be dispersed by firing shells and water cannons from all sides. Special teams have been formed to arrest the leaders amongst protestors.
It was told that Rangers, FC and policemen from Islamabad and Punjab will be made part of the operation. All the contingents will conduct the operation without arms. The said operation is due to take place on Saturday if the government doesn’t change its plans at the last moment.
The informed sources further told that the connected roads and streets have been closed by the administration in a bid to make it hard for the protestors. Emergency has been imposed in the hospitals within capital.
Earlier, the district administration in Islamabad had issued final warning to sit-in protestors in Faizabad to clear the main road by 12:00am on Friday and let them implement the order ruled by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to to clear Faizabad sit-in protest within three days. Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal had called for a strict response for Faizabad sit-in protesters by saying that the government would not entertain illegal demands of the protesting bodies. The government would not surrender to the protesters who have camped in the capital for nearly a month as it would set a precedent, he added.
Roughly 2,000 protesters from the Tehrik-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan group have blocked the main highway used by thousands of commuters since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls.