PM criticises TLP's violent approach to achieve common goal

Says Muslim world will go for collective ‘trade boycott’ of country where blasphemy incident occur in future as part of his long-term strategy to deal with issue

By: Faizan Ali Warraich      Published: 05:56 PM, 19 Apr, 2021
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran KHan
PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan severely criticised Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s (TLP) violent ways of protests and regretful incidents in the country and explained cutting ties with France means cutting ties with European Union (EU) as half of the textile exports of the country go to European Union that would ultimately lead towards unemployment, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

“Our Prophet (SAW) lives in our hearts and Pakistan was made in the name of Islam,” Imran Khan said.

The Prime Minister clarified that what Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) purpose and his government purpose is the same but paths to achieve the purpose are different in order to put a permanent full stop against blasphemy and Islamophobia.

“TLP is urging the government to cut all ties with France and send back French Ambassador. TLP is going after the protest. What is the guarantee that disrespect will stop forever if we expel French Ambassador? No effect will be on France but only on Pakistan as our country gains large scale industry resumption recently after much efforts that should not be stopped,” Imran Khan said in an address to the nation.

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“We have been negotiating with TLP for the last three months. We were ready to table the resolution in the parliament but TLP called for a strike. In the recent protests, 40 police vans were damaged, crores of lost private property, four policemen were martyred, 800 policemen injured, 100 roads were blocked initially that cut supply of oxygen cylinders leading to deaths of COVID-19 patients,” Imran Khan said.

“Pakistan has identified 380 Indian WhatsApp groups that were running propaganda in this movement and 70 percent of tweets out of 400,000 lakh tweets were from fake accounts,” the premier revealed.

“It is regretful JUI-F and PMLN joined the anti-state movement,” Imran Khan said.

Counting his feats, Imran Khan said, “I raised voice for Islamophobia and against blasphemy united front in 14th Summit of OIC and in United Nations (UN) in September 2019, 2020 and UN Human Rights bodies and wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wrote a letter to heads of the Muslim states.”

Explaining his strategy to counter Islamophobia without violence, the prime minister said, “My strategy is to confront this move jointly with the help of all Muslim countries that islamophobia and blasphemy should be stopped in the name of freedom of speech,” Imran Khan said.

“Few percent Jews population are united and raised the Holocaust case and even four European countries put people in jail those talk on Holocaust,” the Prime Minister said.

“I will lead the campaign and will not disappoint my nation and 1.3 Muslim population of the Muslim world and unitedly Muslim countries will convey to European countries where we could be able to collective ‘trade boycott’ of the country where the future blasphemy incident occur.”

“I appeal to religious scholars to support my government’s stance. Who is getting benefit from this and why Indian websites are intervening in the movement. We are not getting any sort of benefit,” Imran khan said.

He said that when there were attacks on the US Embassy in Pakistan after Salman Rushdie wrote a blasphemous book in 1990 and the trend of blasphemy incidents repeated after some years.

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