ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid voluntarily stepped down from his position late on Sunday, sources told Geo News.
According to the sources, Hamid has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which will be accepted later in the day.
The decision comes in the wake of the protests that continue across the country, following Saturday’s crackdown by the police and paramilitary personnel on Islamabad sit-in staged by a religious group.
“I was not directly responsible for the introduction of the controversial amendment to the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates,” said Hamid.
“In order to restore peace in the country, I have decided to step down from my position.”
Protests held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have resulted in at least one death and left dozens injured, besides the 250 injuries reported in Islamabad.