Lahore - As leaders of Islamabad protest announced ending the sit-in, another faction of Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah refused to call off their demonstration in Lahore.
This group of TLYR, led by Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali , is staging sit-ins at two points in the provincial capital: one in front of Punjab Assembly, on city’s main artery The Mall, and another at Babu Sabu Interchange of Motorways.
Jalali , who parted ways with Khadim Hussain Rizvi a couple of years ago, is demanding resignation of whole federal cabinet and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah – who a couple of days ago issued a controversial statement.
Addressing his supporters on The Mall, Jalali yesterday denounced Rizvi for signing an “underhand deal” with the government which, according to him, was a betrayal with hundreds of thousands of lovers of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
A spokesman of Rizvi group, Pir Ijaz Ashrafi, however said Jalali had nothing to do with the effort spearheaded by them and he accused him of doing politics on the issue.
Dr Jalali leads his own faction of TLYR and its political wing Tehreek-e-Labaik Al-aalmi while Allama Khadim Rizvi is president of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan and also heads [its political wing] TLYR along with another senior cleric Pir Afzal Qadri.
These religious leaders of Brelvi school of thought split two years ago after emergence of differences among them on party matters.
However, Jalali’s supporters rushed to join the sit-in of Rizvi faction in different cities after police started crackdown on Islamabad participants on Sunday morning.
“Resignation of only a single minister [Zahid Hamid] is not enough to call off the Khatme Nabowat Movement,” Jalali told his supports in his address.
“Entire federal cabinet and Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah should go home. Report of Senator Raja Zafarul Haq be made public immediately,” he demanded.
Our Staff Reporter from Islamabad reported that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday accepted the resignation of Zahid Hamid as federal law minister to pave the way for the peaceful dispersal of protesters staging sit-in at Faizabad Interchange.
The resignation of Hamid was the main demand of TLYR. Sources in the PML-N said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif played a key role in convincing Hamid to step down in the larger interest of the country and to help contain the protests erupted across the country following the botched operation against the protesters in Faizabad.
The resignation of the law minister was forwarded to the president by the prime minister for de-notifying Hamid as Federal Minister for Law and Justice.
When the TLYR activists started their sit-in at Faizabad, Hamid had offered to step down to resolve the issue but at that time the party chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif refrained him from doing so. A number of senior party leaders were also against his resignation as according to them it would show weakness of the government.