Sheikh Rasheed says talks with banned outfit ‘profitable’

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. Photo: file
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. Photo: file  

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Sunday stated that the federal government’s dialogue with the management of proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had been “successful”.

Days after staging protests in Lahore, the banned outfit, on October 21, had introduced that it might begin a “long march” in the direction of Islamabad on Friday. A day earlier, Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi had been partially shut down as a result of protests.

Talking to journalists, the inside minister stated that each one the roads, which had been closed earlier to cease the protesters from marching in the direction of Islamabad, can be reopened for site visitors steadily.

The TLP protesters won’t move ahead [to Islamabad] and can keep in Muridke until Tuesday, he added.

After reviewing their calls for, the problem can be resolved peacefully by Tuesday, stated the inside minister.

Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, in the meantime, stated that the problem can be resolved via mutual understanding. He maintained that the involved authorities have been directed that there must be no conflict between the police and the protesters.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed federal and provincial ministers to carry negotiations with TLP after they threatened to march in the direction of Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had held a telephonic dialog with Qadri to debate the prevailing legislation and order state of affairs.

On the directives of the prime minister, Qadri had arrived in Lahore from Karachi to carry negotiations with the banned outfit’s management.

The authorities’s negotiation group comprised Rasheed, Qadri and Punjab Law Minister Muhammad Raja Basharat.

The PM had additionally directed the inside minister to return to the nation from the UAE, the place he had gone to look at India-Pakistan’s high-voltage T20 World Cup conflict.

Trench dug on GT Road  to cease protestors 

On Saturday, the federal government had dug up a trench on GT Road near Gujranwala in response to an announcement by TLP that they’ll set out on a protracted march in the direction of Islamabad.

A deep and lengthy pit was dug with the assistance of cranes whereas the roads had been additionally blocked in advance by putting containers. Thus, all paths by way of street resulting in and from Gujranwala had been blocked.

Meanwhile, a procession by the banned outfit, the contributors of which started marching from Lahore, had reached Sadoke.

The banned outfit had introduced a “peaceful protest” on Friday after jummah prayers to demand the discharge of their chief Saad Rizvi.

Why was Saad Rizvi arrested?

Rizvi was taken into custody shortly after the federal authorities had declared the TLP a proscribed organisation beneath anti-terrorism legal guidelines and launched a broad crackdown in opposition to the social gathering.

The motion got here after days of violent protests and site visitors disruptions within the largest cities of Pakistan, which noticed private and non-private property being broken by gangs of hooligans bearing sticks and turning on legislation enforcement officers at will.

Speaking on the move, Prime Minister Imran Khan had defined that his authorities had taken motion in opposition to the banned TLP as a result of it “challenged the writ of the state and used street violence, attacking the public and law enforcers”.

Two policemen had been martyred in Lahore Friday night time after a few vehicles collided throughout a protest by the banned outfit. Clashes between police and members of the outlawed outfit additionally resulted in over 40 cops getting injured.