LAHORE: Countrywide Brelvi/Sunni organisations, custodians of shrines, PTI, PPP, PML-Q, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen and Pakistan Awami Tehreek have condemned government actions against supporters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasoolallah.

Expressing concerns over the disrupting law and order situation, the leaders of the parties advised the government to accept the demands of the protestors and remove law minister Zahid Hamid.

In separate statements, they also advised protesting workers and supporters of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s party to remain calm and avoid damaging the government and private installations.

PTI leaders Mahmoodur Rasheed, PPP leader Chaudhary Manzor Hussain, PML-Q president Chaudhary Shujat Hussain and senior leader Chaudhary Parvez Elahi condemned use of violence against peaceful protestors and said the government totally failed to resolve the tense situation.

“Why the government's own set up Raja Zafarul Haq Committee’s report is not being made public?” asked Chaudharys. They said the prime minister should himself start negotiations with the Ulema to avoid the situation emerged after use of violence against them. Instead of going to Lahore to seek more instructions from Nawaz Sharif, said Ch Shujat, PM should have to go to Faizabad sit-in for talks.

Ch Shujat Hussain said: "Had I been the prime minister, the operation would not have started and issue resolved.”

 Jamaat ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed expressed serious concerns over operation against the participants of Islamabad sit-in and violent incidents in various cities. He urged Government to resolve the issue peacefully by negotiating, adding that violence only breeds violence and has never been a solution of any problem. In the current situation, he said, the country cannot in the position to afford any mishap.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq expressed deep grief over the operation of the state institutions on the protestors staging sit in Islamabad and said the use of force was not the solution of any issue. He said that the government itself had allowed the situation to get worse only to save a minister and kept the entire nation on tenterhooks for more than two weeks. He said that in spite of countrywide protests and public demand, the report of the Raja Zafarul Haq committee had also not been made public. The JI chief said that either the Law Minister should himself resign or point out the persons involved in the conspiracy to amend the law relating to the Namoose Risalat. Stating that the use of force to disperse the protestors was an unwise step, the JI chief said this had further complicated the situation. He said the government should not have abandoned the path of dialogue and peaceful understanding. He said it was government’s responsibility to expose the elements conspiring against the faith in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat and award them deterrent punishment. He said that as long as the elements attempting to amend the oath regarding Khatme Nubuwat, were not punished, the masses would not rest at peace.                  

Pakistan Awami Tehrik chairman Dr. Tahirul Qadri said it was none else but Nawaz Sharif who was behind amendment in Khatam-e-Nabuwat Laws. These amendments were made

with the help of foreign powers to waive disqualification, he said. Ministers who attacked very foundation of our faith, said Dr Qadri, instead of being dismissed, had been bailed out.

“Sharifs fear if those ministers are dismissed, they will disclose names of mastermind.”  He said it was not the question that government took taken back amendments, and restored original legislature, but it was who dared to make these amendments and at whose behest?

Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen president Raja Nasir Abbas, Sunni Ittehad Council head Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan-Imam Noorani president Pir Ijaz Hashmi, JUP-Noorani chief Sahibzada Abual Khair and leaders of other Brelvi and Shia parties also condemned the police actions against protestors. Hamid Raza said he was fully backing the protesters and his party workers stood with them. 

Custodians of all important shrines also expressed serious concerns over the use of violence against peaceful protestors and advised government to immediately resolved the issue and remove the federal law minister.