Lahore: Protests end after government, religious group reach agreement

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 02, 2017, 06:51 AM IST
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The protest by a religious group, Maulana Asif Jalali-led faction of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY), in Lahore has come to an end after protesters reached an agreement with the Punjab government.

The government convinced protesters to withdraw their main demand as they ended their protest on the city's Mall Road.

The protesters were demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah from his post as they alleged that the government had dumped the bodies of the party's supporters killed in the Islamabad operation.

However, the protesters are still demanding that action be taken against the minister.

Protesters also demanded blood money for the affected people, and that a report compiled by Raja Zafarul Haq-led commission to investigate the Elections Act 2017 controversy be made public.

As per media reports, the Lahore sit-in had been launched by the Jalali-led faction of the political party following reports of a police operation against the participants of Faizabad sit-in on the morning of November 25.

The protesters and government have come to a mutual understanding, both agreed that the report compiled by the Raja Zafarul Haq committee will be published by December 20.

The committee will also decide on the number of loudspeakers in each mosque in the province, and the legislation will be made by January 16, 2018, a Pakistan daily reported.

According to the agreement between both the parties, Muttahida Ulema Board, Punjab will review the educational curriculum of the province in connection with the religious views propagated through it.

Jalali also said that he is going to submit his written resignation to the Sunni Ulema Board which would be constituted on Friday. There is no confirmed report of what prompted the decision.

When Jalali was asked about Sanaullah's resignation, he said the "court of Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi" will decide the matter.

(With inputs from news agency)