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Ban on TLP cannot be reversed: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the government had fulfilled the agreement by presenting a resolution in the National Assembly where a parliamentary procedure had to be adopted.

While talking to the media persons, Information Minister said the resolution condemning the blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine was presented in parliament by a private member and it was not an opinion of the government.

“In a democracy, the majority takes the decision,” Chaudhry said. “Parliament’s majority will decide whether they are in favour of expelling the ambassador or not.

“Parliament will take the decision and we will go forward with it,” he added.

He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had objected to the text of the resolution. Other parties had the right of disagreement and the government could not dictate to them, he added.

Fawad said whatever was to be done, had to be within the ambit of the 1973 Constitution. The decision of declaring Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a proscribed organization could not be reversed, however, its leadership had the option of going for an appeal.

“The government acts under the Constitution as no monarchy is in place in the country,” he remarked.

The minister said the cases against those, who had attacked the police personnel and martyred five of them, would not be withdrawn, which they would have to contest in the courts of law.

The minister said the martyrdom of five policemen could not be forgotten, who had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, while 800 other personnel were attacked and wounded during the protests by the TLP.

Those arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order could be released by the government, he added.

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