Law minister resigns ‘voluntarily’ to defuse dharna situation


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Islamists announced on Monday they were disbanding their sit-in near Islamabad after the country’s law minister resigned, caving in to the protesters who have been demanding his ouster in a three-week-long rally.

After Zahid Hamid’s resignation, the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (P.B.U.H) party, which is behind the protest in Islamabad and other cities and towns across Pakistan, said they were dispersing peacefully.

The TLY had demanded Hamid’s resignation over an omitted reference to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)  in a parliamentary bill. He apologized for the omission in the bill, saying it was a clerical error that was later corrected.

But the TLY persisted, taking to the streets and setting up their sit-in at the Faizabad intersection on the edge of the Pakistani capital.

Hamid, the law minister, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi late on Sunday which was accepted by PM earlier today. —AP