Hassam Hameed-TDO-28.11.2017- Sit-in since 6th of November finally comes to end, which had the city brought to halt. The hard line Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan demanded the resignation of law minister Zahid Hamid, whom they blamed of committing blasphemy for amending the wordings of oath which declares Prophet Muhammad as the final prophet. Protesters thought of it as an appeasing move for the (considered to be heretic) Ahmadis.
Demands laid out by the protesters were accepted, which included resignation of the law minister. Some analysts have thought of it to be extremely shameful for the government to bow down to the demands of a violent group of people. Critics say this whole incident shows that government has lost its writ since the ex-PM Nawaz Sharif was ousted from his position.
Efforts made by government to expel the sit-in was met with aggression from protesters, which had 6 protesters killed and 200 injured. Army was called on to take over the situation, which it denied to do so as they did not wanted to attack country’s citizens. Army had to face criticism for its decision, and some analysts went further on saying that army might have been inciting the protest. Islamabad High Court(IHC) justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has expressed his worry over the inaction and the mediator role it acquired between the government and the protesters.