Religious group protestors blocked Faizabad Interchange.
Earlier in day while talking to media in Islamabad, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had said that we are ready to hold dialogue with the organizers of the sit-in to resolve the matter peacefully due to which government has chose to extend the deadline for another 24 hours for the protesters.
"The protesters aren't hired by a political party but are pious Muslims, who firmly believed in Khatm-e-Nabuwat (the finality of the Prophet-hood)", he said, taking a jibe at politicians.
He was of the view that the government fully realised the sentiments of the protesters, and now they should leave the venue peacefully.
A heavy contingent of Islamabad Police, Frontier Corps and Rangers personnel arrived on Saturday morning at the Faizabad, equipped with tear gas and shell guns to disperse the crowd that have been protesting since 12 days at the interchange. Ahsan said that it was the duty of the protesters to oblige to the orders of Islamabad High Court.
Almost 1,000 personnel have been requested from the Punjab Rangers "to perform duty along with police,".
According to sources, the government is in talks with the religious organisation, holding the protest for over 10 days, to end the sit-in.
"I failed to understand that when this Court has already passed a detailed judgment that any citizen exercising his right of free movement or expression, cannot be allowed to take away other citizens' rights and reduce the capital territory into a siege area", he stated in the order.
The Islamabad police chief and chief commissioner, as well as an interior ministry official, were summoned in person at the next hearing.
The Minister expressed the confidence that the protestors will not compel the government to use the option of operation.
However, he added that the protesters' demands were valid.
Justice Siddiqui said, "Without a guarantee that the protesters will not occupy any other place except Democracy Park and Speech Corner, the district administration should not have allowed them to enter the ICT jurisdiction".
The protesters belong to various "religious" parties, including the Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan (ST), and have been calling for the sacking of Law Minister Zahid Hamid and strict action against those behind the amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017 ─ which had earlier been deemed a "clerical error".