Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid has tendered his resignation in the aftermath of Saturday’s botched operation against protesters at Faizabad interchange and successful negotiations with the protesters, official sources and state broadcaster PTV say.
The minister’s resignation was the chief demand of the agitating parties, who had staged a weeks-long sit-in in the capital to press the government for his removal.
The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters overnight on Sunday. The agreement followed after a two-day face-off at Faizabad Interchange and other parts of the country between protesters and security forces that saw at least six people killed and hundreds injured.
According to PTV, the minister presented his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to bring the country “out of a state of crisis”.
“I made the decision to resign in a personal capacity,” Hamid was quoted as saying by government sources.
The protesters amassed at the Faizabad bridge belong to various ‘religious’ parties, including the Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan (ST), and had been calling for the sacking of law minister Hamid and strict action against those behind the amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017 ─ which had earlier been deemed a ‘clerical error’.
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