PM Imran Khan okays summary to ban Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a summary to impose a ban on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan – a religious party whose workers have been on a countrywide violent protest against their chief’s arrest for three days.
The federal cabinet gave approval to the move in 24 hours through circular summary, sources said on Wednesday.
Reportedly, two police embraced martyrdom while hundreds of other sustained serious injuries as the TLP workers challenged the writ of the government over the arrest of their leader.
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced the government’s decision to ban the religiopolitical body.
He made the announcement during a press conference followed by a meeting in Islamabad on the matter.
“We have decided to ban TLP and this file is going to the federal cabinet to get a nod. The action is being taken under Anti-Terrorism Act on the Punjab government’s recommendation” the interior minister said, warning the TLP should surrender.
His statement comes hours after lawmen moved to clear TLP activists from roads. He said two policemen were killed and at least 340 injured in the violence
Rashid said the TLP workers through blocking roads had stopped ambulances from reaching their destinations and impeded the transport of oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 patients.
Reporter: Awais Kiyani