Islamabad protests: Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resigns amid clashes to bring nation 'out of state of crisis'

Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid has tendered his resignation following the deadly clashes across the country

PTI November 27, 2017 09:08:16 IST
Islamabad protests: Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resigns amid clashes to bring nation 'out of state of crisis'

Islamabad: Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid has tendered his resignation following the deadly clashes across the country between police and protesters belonging to hardline religious groups, state broadcaster said on Monday.

Islamabad protests Pakistans law minister Zahid Hamid resigns amid clashes to bring nation out of state of crisis

File image of Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid. Twitter @nailainayat

The protesters had staged sit-in in the capital for about three weeks demanding removal of Hamid for changes in a law related to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat (finality of prohpethood) oath in the Elections Act 2017. They alleged the action undermined Islamic beliefs and linked it to blasphemy.

Hamid, the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, presented his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to bring the country "out of a state of crisis", Radio Pakistan reported.

The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters overnight. The deal came after a two-day face-off in Islamabad and other parts of the country between protesters and security forces that saw at least six people killed and hundreds injured.

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