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Govt won’t accept illegal demands of Faizabad protesters: Interior minister

Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has maintained a strict response for Faizabad sit-in protesters on Thursday by saying that the government would not entertain illegal demands of the protesting bodies.
In a press conference that the federal minister addressed in Islamabad today, he cleared that the government would not surrender to the protesters who have camped in the capital for nearly a month as it would set a precedent.
Iqbal said that Sunni Tehreek and Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah are using the controversy over Khatm-e-Nabuwwat for political gains. The minister said that all the Muslims of Pakistan are gaurdians of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat.He said that to divide the nation is against the spirit of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat.
He alleged that the protesting bodies belonging to the right wing are using the clause pertaining to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat for political gains by inciting the people.
While talking about demand of the protesters to have law minister Zahid Hamid resign, the interior minister said that law was not put forth by him but the parliamentary committee. The law minister presented the law as per the code, he added.
Ahsan Iqbal reiterated that the government would not accept demand of the protesters about resignation of the law minister.He said that the sit-in did not arise from the controversial amendment but from a political agenda.
The federal minister claimed that the protesting bodies aim to weaken the ruling party by having Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Barelvi Muslims come face to face causing loss to its vote bank ahead of General Elections 2018.
The minister further cleared that legal demands could be talked about and that the government does not wish for any coercive clash.