ISLAMABAD: The sit-in at Islamabad’ D-Chowk has entered on Wednesday night after the successful negotiations between the government and demonstrators.
According to media reports the announcement of ending sit-in was made after successful talks with the government.
The cabinet members who held talks with the religious leaders included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah.
Analysts have appreciated the government for demonstrating sanity and maturity for amicable solution of the problem. Meanwhile, mobile phone service has been resumed following the successful talks.
Shortly after news of the successful negotiations, protest leaders reached the demonstration site and announced an end to the sit-in, which had now entered its fourth day.
It stated in media report that seven points agreed upon by the two sides includes the assurance that no amendments will be made to the Constitution’s Article 295-C,
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The government has also assured the protesters that those who engaged in peaceful protest will be released, and that the withdrawal of cases against clerics will be considered. The government has assured that those innocent people wrongfully included in the most-wanted list will be removed.
A large number of protesters had set fires and clashed with police on Sunday and gathered near parliament for a sit-in. The protesters had since camped near D-Chowk, a high-security zone in Islamabad close to where parliament, key government buildings and foreign embassies are located.
Following the successful negotiations, mobile phone services that had been suspended for security reasons following the sit-in were restored in the federal capital. Police and paramilitary personnel wearing riot gear and armed with tear gas equipment are already posted around the high-security zone for any situation which may arise in case protesters refuse to disperse peacefully. The government had earlier given the protesters a final deadline to vacate the Red Zone peacefully by Wednesday.
Later while talking to media persons, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that public meetings, religious gatherings or sit-ins will not be allowed at D-Chowk in future. He denied any written agreement with the participants of the protestors. He said that strict action will be taken against those involved in ransacking of metro bus train and cameras of Islamabad safe city project. The Interior Minister expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conclusion of the sit-in.