Gujranwala -  Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi of Astana-e-Aalia Sial Sharif has given December 31 deadline to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to make Law Minister Rana Sanaullah resign, The Express Tribune reported on Sunday.

“Scholars are united now. No one can stop us from continuing our Khatm-e-Nabuwwat protection movement,” he said while addressing Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conference at Sheranwala Bagh in Gujranwala. PML-N Ulema Mashaikh wing Punjab chief Arshad Mehmood announced his resignation on the occasion.

“How will Shehbaz run the government when he can’t even make his servant [Rana Sanaullah] resign?” the spiritual leader asked. “Shehbaz has failed to keep his word over Rana’s resignation. Our next protest will be staged in Lahore if Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah does not step down.

The movement against the Punjab government may spill over to other parts of the country,” he warned.

“Let’s all promise that we won’t vote for PML-N. If anything goes wrong, I’ll be the first one to take the bullet. Don’t provoke us. Otherwise, we will reach the assemblies,” he said. “Neither Shehbaz, nor Hamza Shehbaz fulfilled their promises on the matter of resignation,” he said, adding that the Punjab government was playing double game but they would not let it go.

Sahibzada Abul Al-Khair Zubair, Dewan Masood Chishti, Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali and other noted religious figures also spoke on the occasion. They said they would not withdraw the demand of Rana’s resignation. “Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam and we demand the government enforce Nizam-e-Mustafa in the country".

Dr Ashraf Jalali of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik alleged PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari were all “working for the West”.

“The masses of Pakistan can put up with electricity and gas shortages but won’t compromise over the issue of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat,” he added.

Jalali announced that the Tehreek-e-Labbaik would continue its protest campaign until the government succumbed to its demands. The religious group will stage a rally from Data Darbar to Punjab Assembly in Lahore on January 4, he added.