Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday dismissed reports circulating on social media of any operation by the government against the demonstrators, and said that negotiations were ongoing between the government and the protesters.

"The situation across the country is under control. Negotiations are ongoing with the protesters. The government is a guarantor of the people's lives and freedom. Reports of any operation against the demonstrators are false," he tweeted. 

"The government does not wish to resort to use of [force]. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri will continue to hold talks with the leadership of the demonstrators," the minister shared. 

His comments came as protests by religious parties continued countrywide for a third day against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy allegations.

In a Twitter post late Thursday night, Fawad Chaudhry had stressed that the government did not wish to resort to use of force against the protesters but would not allow the writ of the state to be challenged.

"The law and order situation in the country is under control. The state's patience must not be mistaken for weakness," adding, "Upholding the Constitution and the rule of law completely is in the best public interest and we [the government] will fulfill this duty."

"The Prime Minister is being briefed about the situation by the minute. Any attempt to sabotage the important visit to China will fail," the minister had warned.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. The apex court cleared Asia Bibi of all blasphemy allegations and ordered her immediate release.