As the earlier deadline to end the Faizabad sit-in by religious protesters expired on Saturday morning, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has now postponed a planned operation against them by another 24 hours.
In a bid to persuade the protesters blocking Faizabad Interchange to end their sit-in peacefully, Iqbal also appealed religious clerics and leaders to help the government resolve the issue.
He urged the protesters to end their blockade of Faizabad Interchange as their demands have already been met.
Islamabad administration had told the protesting parties on Friday to end their sit-in by Saturday morning (10am) or face a joint operation by Rangers, Frontier Constabulary and police to disperse them.
Iqbal late Friday night had urged the protesters to end their sit-in, hours after Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the capital administration to clear the interchange.
Roughly 2,000 protesters are demanding the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the Prophethood Declaration Clause in the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017.
The Election (Amendment) Elections Bill 2017 has been passed both by the National Assembly and Senate, bringing the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (finality of Prophethood) clause to its original form.
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