Re-opening of GT Road, twin cities starts after govt-TLP agreement
The government has started removing hurdles as well as security forces deployed to stop Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan long march on Grand Trunk Road as well as in the twin cities after reaching an agreement with the TLP leadership, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Monday.
The police have evacuated their posts from different points at the GT Road including the River Jhelum bridge and the work has been started to restore the traffic on the GT Road by removing other hurdles.
Similarly, the situation in Islamabad and Rawalpindi has also improved as the administration has started removing road blockages and containers from the entry and exit points of the twin cities.
The security in the Red Zone area of the Capital has also been relaxed and the administration is working on opening the roads leading to the Red Zone area.
The internet and phone services have also been restored in most parts of the cities along GT Road as well as in twin cities.
However, the TLP workers are still staying in Wazirabad, though they have cleared the GT Road. The workers would stay there till the full implementation of the 13-point agreement agreed upon between the government and the religious party.
Both parties have started implementing the agreement as the government released some key members of TLP and the workers started evacuating GT Road.
The government has formed a steering committee under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Muhammad Ali Khan for the implementation of the agreement that also includes a point to lift the ban on the TLP and restore its status as a legal entity.
The steering committee is likely to hold its next meeting in Lahore today (Monday) to see the progress on the implementation of the agreement.
Earlier on Sunday night, noted religious figure Mufti Muneebur Rehman made the formal announcement of an agreement between Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) and the government to call off their protest march towards Islamabad.
Flanked by key leaders of TLP, he told the demonstrators in Wazirabad that they had achieved a milestone. This is the beginning of a new journey, he said and vowed to back the TLP members at all costs.
Mufti Muneeb said Sirajul Haq and Fazlur Rehman promised their all-out support for their ‘just cause’, he said adding that was the beginning of a new journey. The government formed a state minister-headed steering committed to enforcing the accord and it held its maiden meeting in the federal capital, he told the protesters.
He said the words like banned, defunct, proscribed etc will be taken out of the name of TLP within a week. He said the detainees are being released under the pact. He came down hard on the people who go for uncalled for criticism of the religious figures, saying: “We needn’t lecture on patriotism. There is no greater patriot than us.”
He told the supporter that he met Saad Rizvi who heaped praise on them. Mufti Muneeb called upon them to stay united and asked them to clear GT Road and follow the further order by their leadership. He said he will visit Lahore with the protester to pay tribute to Khadim Hussain Rizvi if his health let him do so. Earlier in the day, Muneeb and other team members told the media about the deal they sealed with TLP. Although Mufti Muneeb did not share with the media the deal details, he stressed the crisis is going to be overcome.