LAHORE - Representatives of different religions groups have urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and all political parties to play a positive role to end sit-ins in Islamabad.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, Pakistan Ulema Mashaaikh Council and Peace and Harmony Network Chairman Allama Zubair Abid, Catholic Commission for Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenism (CCIDE) and Peace and Harmony Network Secretary General Javaid William asked the government to find out a peaceful solution to ongoing sit-ins, arranged by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

“We all have to work for peace in the countr y and sit-ins have left a negative impact in our society, as we are witnessing a series of murders during this time,” they said.

The representatives appealed to the religious scholars to arrange prayer sessions in their mosques, imambargahs, churches, temples, gurudwaras, Bahai centres and other places of worship for sustainable peace. They condemned the murder of religious scholars in different parts of the country.

Allama Zubair Abid and Javaid William asked the religious scholars to urge people through their sermons to maintain peace. They also demanded of the government to arrange all out efforts for the early and dignified return of the families displaced due to the Zarb-e-Azb military operation in tribal areas.

“We hope that success of military operation would contribute greatly towards achieving peace and stability in Pakistan,” they said and paid tributes to the sacrifices rendered by the internally displaced persons.

Maulana Abdul Wahab Roprri, Dr Majid Able, Bhagat Singh, Allama Shakeelur Rehman Nasir and others were also present on the occasion.