Islamabad (Staff Report): Religious Parties’ sit-in continues for fifteenth day after the negotiations failed to break deadlock on Monday.

Citizens in the twin cities continue to face hardship due to the protest sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, linking the main Islamabad- Rawalpindi route, by religious parties.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has called an emergency meeting of religious scholars belonging to all schools of thought over the ongoing protest. 

In order to bring the protest to a peaceful end the government took this step to hold this consultative meeting today.

Iqbal, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Raja Zafarul Haq and State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnaat have previously met a number of protest leaders in view of reaching a breakthrough to end the sit-in.

Earlier, on Sunday, the interior minister in his press conference said that all options are available for dispersing the Islamabad protest, adding that the government will try to avoid bloodshed, and a security operation is the last option.