Fawad: Opposition, state institutions backing govt stance

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All state institutions and opposition parties are supporting the government’s stance on the issue of countrywide protests after Asia Bibi’s acquittal, federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday.

The federal minister said that opposition had ensured the government of its support over the matter.

Protesters have taken to the streets and blocked roads in major cities of Pakistan since the apex court on Wednesday ordered the release of Bibi, a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges in 2010 and on death row for eight years.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Imran Khan supported the top court’s “constitutional” decision in the case, and issued a stern warning to protestors against inciting citizens or challenging the writ of the state.

Addressing a press conference along with other ministers here today, federal minister said that the government would form a strategy to deal with the situation after consultation with the opposition leaders.