Islamabad sit-in enters its fourth day as protesters violate midnight deadline

Islamabad: The protesters violated a deadline given by the government to vacate the Red Zone by midnight.

The sit-in federal capital entered its fourth day.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday night said that if protesters at D-Chowk in front of the Parliament building did not disperse tonight then the sensitive Red-Zone area of the federal capital will be evacuated ‘peacefully’ by tomorrow.

Professor Asif Ashraf Jalali, representing protesters told media that many of their demands were being considered by the government.

A delegation representing the government negotiated with the protesters all night long.

The next round of talks is expected to take place at 12 noon today.

Several rounds of talks between the government and protesters have taken place since yesterday. In the first round of talks the administration and cleric Ovais Noorani met Ijaz Qadri and Professor Ashraf at Punjab House.

A second round of talks was held at federal minister Khwaja Saad Rafique’s residence.

The government wants protesters to disperse without it having to use violence.

The government had on Monday registered an FIR against Sarwat Qadri, Khadim Hussain, Afzal Qadri and Dr Ashraf.