New chief of Islamist party urges followers to avoid protests

The newly-appointed chairman of an Islamist party Sunday called on its followers to refrain from protests and sit-ins, saying such moves were against national interests.

Ziaullah Qadri, chief of a faction of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, announced the party won't pursue its demand for Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah's resignation.

"The provincial minister has clarified and satisfied Ulma-e-Kiram," he said. "In present scenario, protests and sit-ins would divide the nation and are against national interests."

Qadri also expressed satisfaction on government’s action on the clause regarding finality of Prophethood.

Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah of Allama Khadim Rizvi is registered with Election Commission of Pakistan with name Tehreek Labiak Pakistan while Dr Asif’s group, of which Qadri is the chairman, calls its political wing as Tehreek Labaik Al-aalmi.

The Tehreek’s faction of Khadim Rizvi dissociated itself from Dr Asif Ashraf Jalali’s Tehreek Labiak Ya Rasool Allah which ended its six-day sit-in in Lahore and Islamabad on Sunday. Dr Asif led the rally in Islamabad on Tuesday but it failed to get the attraction of the government due to the thin participation of people.

Rizvi's faction is all set to hold Lahore to Islamabad long march on Monday with six points of demand: end restrictions on registration of FIR under 295/C, hang all culprits involved in blasphemy, take action against those involved in amending affidavit of Khatam-e-Nabuwat, abolish loudspeaker act, end-all cases against leaders and workers of Tehreek and include Islamic teachings in the curriculum which were previously excluded.

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