TLP, government cut deal, ban likely to be withdrawn

The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan and a government team have reached an agreement after talks through the night, sources confirmed to SAMAA Digital.

Their negotiations began after protracted protests from the political party and its supporters across Pakistan starting last week. The protests began over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine. The TLP had been agitating from November and had been in talks with the government. However, when its chief Saad Rizvi planned to march on Islamabad, he was taken into custody. Protests broke out after that, especially in Lahore and Karachi.

These were the points of discussion:

  • The TLP will end its sit-in.
  • Its workers and chief Saad Hussain Rizvi will be released.
  • The government will table a resolution regarding the expulsion of the French ambassador in parliament.
  • The ban on the party will be withdrawn.

The TLP Shura will make the announcement at 11am at the sit-in outside Rehmat ul Aalimeen mosque after 11am.

The government will table a resolution in parliament to expel the French ambassador, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed and the TLP confirmed.

After the third round of talks, Rasheed said in a statement that the government will withdraw all cases against the TLP leaders and workers. This too was confirmed by the spokesperson Salman Haider.

A source in the TLP, who requested anonymity, told SAMAA Digital that the government has also agreed to reversing the ban on the group. The group’s spokesperson or the government did not comment on it.

Sheikh Rasheed said the TLP has agreed to end the sit-in and protests. The TLP has not made any such announcement.


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