The government succeeded in convincing the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to end their sit-in after hours-long negotiations on Monday, the spokesperson of the Ministry for Religious Affairs said.
The negotiations were held on the directions of the prime minister by a team of government officials, led by Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri. The government’s negotiation party also included Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Islamabad Commissioner Aamir Ahmed and prime minister’s adviser Shehzad Akbar.
TLP Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi is expected to formally announce the end of the protest soon after which cellular services in the capital will be restored.
Islamabad administration had deployed 3,113 security personnel including police, Rangers and Frontier Corps at Faizabad — where supporters of TLP had gathered to protest against publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in France.