ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday claimed that the Faizabad Operation was not conducted under his supervision.
"The Deputy Commissioner and Inspector General of Police started the operation on the [Islamabad] High Court's orders," Iqbal said while speaking to a private television channel.
The minister further said that 'according to reports' six people have died.
"No one lost their lives during the administration's operation," Iqbal said, adding that he 'personally' did not want to take the extreme step. "The government will present its stance in court tomorrow."
The statement by the interior minister came amid continuing protests across the country that began on Saturday after police officials and paramilitary personnel cracked down on the Islamabad sit-in staged by a religious group.