Government to Table a Resolution Regarding the Expulsion of French Ambassador

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Interior Minister, made an announcement in the early hours of Tuesday that the government had emerged successful in its round of negotiations with the proscribed outfit, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). 

He revealed that they have agreed to call off all protests taking place across the country because the government said that it will table a resolution in the National Assembly, which will be related to the expulsion of the French Ambassador. The Interior Minister revealed this key piece of information in a video message. 

Rashid went on to add that as per the agreement, the TLP will end all of its demonstrations in the respective cities in the country, as well as Jamia Masjid Rehmatul-lil-Alamin. He said that the cases registered against the supporters of TLP, under the fourth schedule, will be dismissed. Moreover, further rounds of negotiations have yet to take place between the proscribed outfit and the relevant government authorities. 

The Interior Minister is set to give a detailed statement of the previous talks and the agreement in a press conference to be held later in the day. 

Earlier, it had been reported that the recently proscribed TLP and the government had reached an impasse. While demonstrations and protests continued across the country, the banned party was adamant about wanting the French Ambassador to Pakistan to be expelled, Sheikh Rashid, the Interior Minister, to give in his resignation, and the immediate release of party workers, as well as of Syed Saad Hussain Rizvi, the party chief. 

The third round of negotiations took place between the senior leaders of the banned party and a government delegation late on Monday night. However, deliberations had come to a halt because the government refused to accept their demand of expelling the French Ambassador from the country and the resignation of the Interior Minister. 

The proscribed party leaders were joined by Chaudhry Sarwar, The Governor of Punjab, Noorul Haq Qadri, the Minister for Religious Affairs, along with Sheikh Rashid, the Interior Minister, Raja Basharat, the Law Minister of Punjab, and a handful of senior officials belonging to law enforcement agencies (LEAs), in these rounds of talks.

Just yesterday, the TLP had released all officials of law enforcement agencies (LEA) following two rounds of notifications amongst the central leadership of the proscribed party and the government. 

The two sides sat down for the first time to negotiate on Sunday after the clashes had taken place all day long between the officials of LEA and the TLP workers and supporters. 

The second round of conversation was concluded in the early hours of Monday, which was attended by Chaudry Sarwar, the Punjab Governor, Raja Basharat, the Law Minister of the province, and Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting. 

Meanwhile, a delegation of the government talked to Hafiz Saad Rizvi, the leader of the banned party, at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. It tried to convince the chief of the party to call off the demonstrations taking place all over the country. It was later announced that the meeting had been fruitful with a positive signal from Rizvi.