Chief of TLP Released from Jail

In recent news, it has been reported that Saad Rizvi, the leader of the now proscribed outfit, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), was released from the custody of the police. However, this development has not yet been confirmed by the relevant authorities of the government. 

Earlier in the day today, Sheikh Rashid, the Interior Minister, made an announcement confirming that the previous round of negotiations held had been successful. Thus, the TLP had agreed that it would put an end to all of its demonstrations being held across the country. 

The reason behind a positive reply from the party was due to the fact that the government said that it would table a resolution in the National Assembly on Tuesday, with respect to the expulsion of the French Ambassador to Pakistan from the country. 

Rashid went on to add that as per the agreements made with the chief of the party, TLP will call off all of its protests being held all over the country, including the one at Jamia Masjid Rehmtul-lil-Alamin. Moreover, he said that the cases registered against the workers and supporters of the TLP, under the fourth schedule, will also be dismissed. Further rounds of negotiations have yet to take place. 

Earlier, however, the government and TLP, the ultra-right-wing, had been caught up in a deadlock. This was because the government refused to give in to all the demands being made by the party. First, it asked for the resignation of Sheikh Rashid, along with the expulsion of the French Ambassador, and the release of the party workers and Saad Rizvi. 

Though the delegation of the government had agreed to the release, it would not give any affirmation for the resignation of the Interior Minister and the expulsion of the French Ambassador. 

This round of talks, once again, failed. It was attended by several senior officials belonging to law enforcement agencies (LEA), Noorul Haq Qadri, the Minister for Religious Affairs, the Interior Minister himself, Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Governor, and Raja Basharat, Punjab Law Minister. Representing TLP at this meeting were some of the leaders of the now proscribed party. 

Just yesterday, the TLP released the LEA officials that it had been holding hostage after the government had been successful in convincing them to do so. Additional rounds of talks are yet to take place between the banned party and the government.