Summary sent to PM Imran Khan for approval

April 15, 2021 10:14 am by Web Desk

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Supporters of TLP shout slogans during a protest in Lahore on April 13, 2021. -AFP
  • Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid says decision to ban TLP has nod of all stakeholders.
  • Ban on TLP will be placed under Section 11-B of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, on the recommendation of the Punjab government.
  • Rashid says several rounds of talks were held with TLP leaders, however, the party remained stuck to its stance. 

ISLAMABAD: A summary of the interior ministry seeking a ban on Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) under the anti-terrorism law has been sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan and after his approval, it will be circulated among cabinet members for their consent.

According to Geo News, a notification for it is expected to be issued today (Thursday).

In a major development on Wednesday, after days of violence across the country in which three people lost their lives, including two policemen, the federal government decided to ban the TLP.

Read more: PPP ‘strongly’ condemns religious party’s violence leading to death of policemen

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said the ban on TLP will be placed under Section 11-B of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, on the recommendation of the Punjab government, and added that a summary for the ban has been moved to the federal cabinet.

“Today we have decided to ban TLP and we will get the approval of the cabinet,” the interior minister said.

He said several rounds of talks were held with TLP leaders, however, the party remained stuck to its stance. He said on the one hand they were talking, and on the other directing their workers to prepare for a march on Islamabad, with full force.

Later, Rashid also told a news channel that the decision to ban the party has the nod of all stakeholders and has been taken after thorough deliberations.

Read more: After govt ban, TLP’s NA-249 candidate will not be able to contest election under party banner

He said there were several other religious parties in the country, but none resorted to such violent behaviour. He said only in the past few years, the TLP has held several violent protests, bringing the entire country to a grinding halt.

He was optimistic that the ban on the TLP would be announced in the next few days after the cabinet gives it a go-ahead.

Rashid said no single political party can claim ownership to Namoos-e-Risalat, as he pointed that it was a matter close to the hearts of the entire 20 million people of this country. He said the government remained committed to table a bill on Namoos-e-Risalat in the National Assembly.

The minister said there was absolutely no question on the issue of “finality of prophethood (Khatam-e-Nabwat)” and no Muslim, including him, could even think of deviating from it, even at the cost of their lives.



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