Finally Govt, TLP reach agreement to end countrywide protests

Finally Govt, TLP reach agreement to end countrywide protests

The government of Pakistan and the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) reached an agreement on Friday to end days-long protests that have left roads blocked and paralysed routine life in major cities of the country.

Protests by religious parties, led by the TLP, had erupted on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ordered the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since 2010, acquitting her of blasphemy charges. Following the agreement, protest sit-ins in major cities are expected to end soon.

"After almost 48 hours, we have reached a conclusion following detailed negotiations including both federal and provincial government representatives," Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri.

Noorul Haq Qadri, who was one of the signatories of the five-point document, said the government had agreed to the protesters' demand that it would not object to a review petition over Asia Bibi's acquittal.