ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a gathering of the National Security Committee (NSC) tomorrow (Friday) to debate the present state of affairs owing to the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)-led protests within the nation.
The information was introduced by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry in a Twitter put up.
“In view of the situation arising because of the illegal activities of the proscribed organisation, Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of the National Security Committee tomorrow. Other issues related to national security will also be considered in this meeting,” Fawad wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the protests led by the members of the proscribed group entered their seventh day right now (Thursday), with demonstrators tenting out in Kamoke since final evening.
Initially, the proscribed group staged sit-ins in Multan and Lahore, after which they introduced a march in the direction of Islamabad.
Major roads had been cordoned off by the safety forces so as to forestall the protesters from reaching Islamabad. The protesters have been staging sit-ins on GT Road for the previous a number of days, disrupting transport providers.
TLP’s march has affected life within the federal capital and varied different cities in Punjab.
Strict safety preparations have been made in Rawalpindi. The primary highways connecting Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been sealed and the Faizabad Metro service has been suspended. Major visitors jams have been reported on various routes and residents are dealing with difficulties because it has additionally turn out to be tough to go to hospitals.
The activists of the proscribed organisation marching in the direction of Islamabad have arrange camp on the Kamoke portion of GT Road, whereas they’re making preparations to move forward of their march. Business centres within the metropolis and on GT Road are closed and so are the outlets and eating places on the freeway.
Public and personal academic establishments positioned on GT Road and its adjoining areas have additionally been closed and web providers in Kamoke have been suspended.
Five cops killed in clashes
The Pakistan authorities introduced a day earlier its choice to deal with the proscribed TLP as a militant organisation, with Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed sharing that the federal government had summoned the Punjab Rangers to take care of the legislation and order state of affairs for 2 months within the province amid the continued protests.
Speaking throughout a press convention in Islamabad, the inside minister had stated that the federal government desires to determine peace as there may be plenty of worldwide stress on Pakistan.
“We have decided to summon the Rangers for a period of 60 days to maintain law and order situation in the province,” Rasheed had stated. “Like Karachi, Rangers have been called in Punjab under Section 4 (2) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, read with Article 147 of the Constitution of Pakistan.”
Three extra policemen had been martyred within the protest yesterday, whereas many policemen had been additionally injured within the violence.
So far, because the begin of the TLP protest, 5 policemen have misplaced their lives to the violence and numerous police automobiles have been set on hearth by the protesters.
“TLP is receiving external support”
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar stated throughout an look on Geo News programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath that the state tried to steer the banned TLP by way of dialogue for a very long time, however the group resorted to violence.
He stated there was proof that the TLP is receiving exterior assist. The choices taken by the federal government have been in session with the navy.
Govt in talks with Saad Rizvi, different TLP leaders
Meanwhile, the ministry of inside is in talks with the proscribed organisation, together with its chief Saad Rizvi, who’s at the moment imprisoned.
A spokesperson for the proscribed organisation stated that Allama Ghulam Abbas Faizi and Mufti Umair Al-Azhari are additionally a part of the delegation negotiating with the federal government.
The spokesman additional stated that the proscribed organisation stands by its calls for that it’s going to current earlier than the federal government in the course of the talks.
“Our only demand from day one is the removal of the French ambassador,” stated the spokesman.