Govt, TLP agreement: Demands to be placed in parliament, says PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that following an agreement with the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), their demands will be put forward in the parliament.

PM Imran Khan, said in a statement, that the government spoke to TLP, and the party has decided to extend the “deadline” given to the government from February to April 20.

Agreement between Govt and TLP

Imran further said that no government in past has even taken a clear stand for the glory of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). He clarified that the government did not raise its voice regarding the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for want of votes. “This is my belief. In Western countries, the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is questioned under a plan. The western countries don’t understand our belief. I have raised this issue time and again in the United Nations and UN also agreed to Pakistan’s opinion,” the prime minister said.

A copy of the agreement, available with The Pakistan Daily, has been duly signed by Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Interfaith Harmony Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri while Ghulam Ghous Hazarvi, Dr Shafique Amini, Ghulam Abbas Faizi and M Umairul Azhari signed the document on behalf of the TLP Shura.

According to the document signed on January 11, 2021, the TLP had signed an agreement with the PTI government on November 16, 2020, which could not be implemented.

“The government and TLP were in talks for the past month as the government resolved to implement it. It has been agreed that the federal government would table the agreement in the Parliament by April 20 and decisions would be taken with a nod of the parliament,” the agreement says.

The agreement said that those TLP leaders whose names had been registered in the fourth schedule would be absolved. The agreement said that the agreement would stand cancelled if any clause of the agreement is violated. The document said that the prime minister would formally announce the deal which would be implemented amicably.

Meanwhile, the TLP had been threatening to stage a sit-in in Islamabad to protest against the PTI government’s failure to implement the agreement reached with it on Nov 16, which included demands like expelling the French ambassador, cutting ties with France and boycotting French products, within three months through parliament.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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