ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Friday said the government will deal with those protesting over Aasiya Bibi’s acquittal through dialogue and will take action in case of violence.
“I am 100 per cent certain that we will be able to resolve the matter through dialogue,” said Afridi while speaking to the media.
As protests against a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Aasiya Bibi continue for a third day on Friday, Afridi said, “We are in constant contact with those who are leading the protests.”
Afridi further said that PM Imran Khan, who is currently on his first official visit to China, is also constantly being briefed on the situation.
“We will not use any form of power, but if there is any violence, then the state will enforce its writ and take pro-active measures to ensure the safety of people and property,” he added.
“We are receiving positive messages from the Wafaq-ul-Madaris and people from all schools of thought. We are also in harmony with the opposition parties as well as all stakeholders, including civil-military”, he further stated.
Regarding the Supreme Court verdict, Afridi said, “The decision upholds that no blasphemy was proven and we should be happy about that.”
He further highlighted, “All stakeholders love and uphold that there can be no compromise on respect for the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).”