KARACHI: Mufti Muneebur Rehman, a renowned Pakistani cleric, advised the government to refrain from using force against the religious activists staging a sit-in at Islamabad’s D-Chowk.
Talking to media, Mufti Muneeb also asked the government to take into account the emotions of the protesters.
His remarks came an hour after the government issued a two-hour ultimatum to the supporters of executed assassin Mumtaz Qadri to evacuate Islamabad’s Red Zone.
Supporters of executed assassin Mumtaz Qadri, who was hung on February 29, say they have submitted a list of demands.
“An operation will be conducted if the participants of dharna (sit-in) do not disperse in a few hours,” a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“Leaders of the protesters have been given a notice in this regard,” he said, adding that they had been given two hours to disperse.
Mufti Muneeb warned the government that it would be impossible for the religious leaders to remain detach with the protesters in case of any untoward incident that occurred as a result of use of force.