Government and the protesters reach an agreement to end the protests


ISLAMABAD: Government and protestors have reached an agreement and the demonstrators have decided to end the protests.

The government of Pakistan has been successful in bringing the right wing parties protesting on the acquittal of Asia Bibi in blasphemy case after some negotiations between both the parties.

The agreement is made on the following points that the government will not intrude in the appeal seeking review of the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi of Blasphemy charges. Asia Bibi’s name will be added to the Exit Control List (ECL). And also that the protestors taken into custody by the law enforcement agencies during the protests will be released.

The agreement is signed by Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, provincial law minister Raja Basharat and Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leaders Pir Afzal Qadri and Muhammad Waheed Noor.

The protests erupted all over the country when Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, who was accused of blasphemy was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 31st October.

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, was accused of blasphemy by two ladies Mafia Bibi and Asma Bibi. She was picking berries at a farm along with the two ladies, they got into a fight and exchanged some hot words. According to the two ladies, the hot words spoken by Asia Bibi were none other than blasphemous. They took the case to a local cleric, Qari Mohammad Salaam, who filed a complaint. According to the complainant a local gathering was arranged where Asia Bibi admitted to her mistake.

Asia Bibi was on a death row since 2011. Lahore High Court (LHC) declared her guilty and sentenced Asia Bibi to death. The court stated that the defense was not successful in defending with complete seriousness.

Salman Taseer, at that point Governor of Punjab, stood up to fight for the right of Asia Bibi and was killed by his own guardian Mumtaz Qadri on 4th January 2011. Mumtaz Qadri was hanged to death on 29th February 2016. Qadri, after his execution was announced Shaheed by a few Sunni clerics for killing the supposed foe of Islam.

The Supreme of Court of Pakistan stayed the judgment in 2015. Earlier in October, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved its statement. The member-bench led by Justice Saquib Nisar declared its statement on 31st October and decided to release Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges if she was not convicted of any other charges.

After the judgment of the Supreme Court, there had been an unrest in the country. Some clerics had demanded the public hanging of Asia Bibi. Schools and colleges were closed due to the uneasy situation. Protestors came on the road causing lots of damage to the residents.

Maulana Sami ul Haq the Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam S was also assassinated on Friday at his residence. According to the initial reports, he was shot multiple times. But later his son Hamid ul Haq informed the media houses that his father Maulana Sami ul Haq was stabbed multiple times by some unknown attackers while he was alone at his home. He further said that his father was unwell and resting at his place while he came under attack. Maulana Sami ul Haq was rushed to Safari Hospital Rawalpindi where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by the doctors.

Nothing is being said initially that who martyred him and for what reasons. People have started speculating the involvement of external forces in this matter.

The Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in China currently on a visit, has strongly condemned the death of Maulana Sami ul Haq. He has ordered a steady investigation of the incident and stated that the culprits must be brought to justice.

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also condemned the assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq and has expressed grief to the family.

A lot of other leaders and politicians have expressed condolences on the death of the religious leader.

The Chief of JUI-Fazl Maulana Fazl ul Rahman said that he was very saddened to hear of the sad demise of Maulana Sami ul Haq and also stated that his death is a huge loss for the country.

Shireen Mazari member of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf tweeted:

“Brutal murder of Maulana Sami ul Haq – utterly condemnable. What is happening to us as a people – such violence, such brutality? Sad indeed.”

Expressing remorse on the tragic incident Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri tweeted:

, “I am deeply saddened by the tragic assassination of #MaulanaSamiulHaq. Pakistan has lost an important religious and political figure. The killers and their masterminds must be arrested forthwith.”

The government and the right-wing parties have reached an agreement since. And the protestors have agreed to end the demonstrations across the country. The agreement has been announced on all the local News Channels. But it is yet to confirm if the protestors across the country will actually stop blocking the functions of the country tomorrow. The religiopolitical party, Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan, and their supporters will actually stop with their bizarre way protesting or not. This is yet to be found out.

By Faiza Ahsan

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