No talks underway with defunct TLP: Sheikh Rashid

By: News Desk
Published: 03:40 PM, 18 Apr, 2021
No talks underway with defunct TLP: Sheikh Rashid
Caption: Sheikh Rashid talks to newsmen.
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Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that no talks are being held with the recently proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) at the moment, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Sheikh Rashid talking to media persons in Islamabad said that the banned TLP had closed 192 places across the country and 191 have been cleared so far. 

“The situation at Lahore’s Yateem Khana Chowk is tense,” Sheikh Rashid acknowledged. The Interior Minister said that no talks with TLP was in his notice.

Sheikh Rashid said the outlawed TLP will be diluted till April 20 and all the thoroughfares of Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be open till April 20.

The minister said the TLP is not moving back from their agenda and the state has no option except to prove its writ. “We gave the TLP a three-day notice and they will have to respond within a month,” Sheikh Rashid said.

“If the TLP is to be disbanded, then Farogh Naseem and the Attorney General of Pakistan would be working on it,” Sheikh Rashid said.

The minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan made an important statement about Namoos-e-Risalat (SAW). 

Imran Khan Saturday called upon the Western governments to penalize those deliberately spreading hate against Muslims by abusing their Prophet (PBUH) and also demanded an apology from such Western extremists.

It may be recalled that during the three days of the TLP protests, the authorities have arrested TLP workers and booked for attacking law enforcement personnel and blocking roads in protest against the arrest of their leader Allama Saad Hussain Rizvi.