‘Disperse by midnight’: ‘final warning’ issued to Faizabad protesters

Islamabad’s district administration on Friday evening issued a final warning to protesters camped out at the Faizabad Interchange to disperse, threatening to take action if the order was not heeded.
In a new notification, issued by the district magistrate on Friday evening, the religious hardliners demanding the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid have been ordered to disperse by midnight.
In the missive, the district magistrate noted that for two weeks the protesters have illegally occupied the Faizabad Bridge, which connects Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The notification recalls that the participants have been asked to disperse thrice before but to no avail.
“The Parade Ground located near the Faizabad Interchange has been allocated for protests,” the notification states.
If the participants do not vacate the area by midnight, an operation will be launched against them, the District Magistrate has warned.
“If an operation is launched, the onus will be on the participants and leaders of the protest,” the notification further warns.
While issuing the contempt of court notice to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal over his failure to implement the court order, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed the district administration to clear Faizabad sit-in protest within three days.
Justice Shaukat Siddiqui said the court cannot issue license to kill, however, most of the protestors would disperse only with teargas shelling only.The whole Muslim Ummah coherence on the belief of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat, he added.
Earlier on Monday, the court had warned authorities to obey its order to shut down the protest, which has sparked widespread anger by virtually bringing the capital to a halt for almost nineteen days.
On Thursday, Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal maintained a strict response for Faizabad sit-in protesters by stating that the government would not entertain unjustified demands of the protesting bodies. He clearly remarked 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.