ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to impose a ban on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) under the Anti Terrorism Act.
While addressing the media, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said: “Today we have decided to ban TLP and this will go to the cabinet for approval.”
“A single political party cannot lay claim to the matter of Namoos-e-Risalat as it is an issue close to the hearts of all 200 million people of this country,” Rashid said.
“We are forwarding a summary to the Federal Cabinet to impose a ban on the TLP,” Sheikh Rashid added.
He elaborated that the government was not prepared for the situation that arose over the past two days, however, the TLP “was very prepared”.
The minister maintained that at least two police officers embraced martyrdom while 340 others were injured during the recent protests by TLP while the party’s workers also tried to take several policemen hostage to force the govt to accept their demands.
The interior minister said that firing was done after snatching a rifle from police in Islamabad.
“They wanted such a draft after which all the Europeans should have to go back,” he said.
He said that the government stood by the agreement signed with the party.
Regarding the FIRs filed against the protesters, Rashid said they were all filled according to law.
“I have never supported this party nor had ever met Khadim Hussain Rizvi (former TLP chief),” the minister said.
The interior minister stated that we are politicians who have always indulged in politics, but never has killed, maiming or dragging police officers off motorcycles been a part of politics. He also lambasted the protestors for damaging public property.
“If there ever were any arrests warrants issued against me or any other politician, we abide by them. We don’t ask our supporters to go on a rampage,” Rashid stated.
This comes as Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Saad Hussain Rizvi, on Monday has been arrested by the Punjab police Elite Force in Lahore.
Rizvi was taken into custody after leading a funeral prayer and was currently being kept at the Gulshan-i-Ravi police station.
Following news of Rizvi’s arrest, TLP workers started protesting on several roads across the country. highways blocked, traffic jams build.