Faizabad sit in: Government - Tehreek Labaaik Ya Rasool Allah talks fail yet again
ISLAMABAD – Talks between the government and the rightist movements have inconclusievly ended in Punjab House on Monday with the sit-in protest continuing for an indefinite period of time.
The fifth round of talks ended in a consecutive failure today as the meeting convened in Punjab House today concluded with the deadlock persisting between the government and the protesters occupying Faizabad.
In another effort to call off the protest in a peaceful way, Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, minister for railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and law minister Zahid Hamid called on the leaders of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan and Sunni Tehreek in Punjab House today.
Reportedly, the government has maintained again that the deadlock would end within coming 24 to 48 hours.
Decision to use force deferred
Last week, heavy contingents of Rangers, Frontier Corps (FC) and police were deployed in the area whereas armored vehicles, prison vans and ambulances also made available. Administration of the twin cities had delayed decision to use force against protesters after fourth round of talks ended at residence of Raja Zafarul Haq last night.
Protesting bodies represented by Dr Shafiq Ameeni, Sheikh Azhar and Pir Ijaz Sherani convened the fourth round of talks at Raja Zafarul Haq’s residence with the government and returned to the protesting site.
Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar among others represented the delegation of the government while a cleric from Golara Sharif Ghulamulddin Jami mediated the talks.