ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government will not allow anyone to take control of the law after the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) issued instructions to stop the planned long demonstrations.
According to sources, the decision was made during a meeting of the Federal Government. Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that “the government will not allow violence for political purposes.”
During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed on the protest against the ban on clothing, sources said, adding that the government had decided not to allow protesters to march beyond Jelum.
Earlier in the day, several police officers were injured in clashes with banned party workers in Sadhok.
Sources added that the government is adamant that it will not allow long demonstrations “under any circumstances” and that “there will be no talks with banned organizations.”
During the meeting, the prime minister said that “the government and the state are on the same page about the demonstration,” adding that the protesters would be severely punished if they tried to enter Islamabad.
“This show should end now”: Fawad Chaudhry
Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry clarified that the issue of banned clothing should not be exacerbated, adding that “the show must end now.”
In an interview with media in Islamabad ahead of the cabinet meeting, Chaudhry said the long march on GT Road “must end immediately.”
“The issue of the banned TLP will be discussed in detail at a cabinet meeting and the show should end,” he added.
“TLP is not a religious organization”
Speaking to the media about the government’s decision, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “The TLP is not a religious organization, but a militant wing.”
The minister said the government had decided to treat the TLP like an anti-TLP organization, criticizing the banned political party for blocking roads and central arteries during rallies.
“They’ve already done it six times. The banned TLP has no status and can’t blackmail the state. In the past, we’ve defeated terrorist organizations,” he said.
The information minister mentioned that six police officers had been killed during the protest and asked how long the government would remain silent.
“We don’t want bloodshed,” he said, sharply criticizing the TLP for blocking the road “for no reason.”
The government has waited long enough for the government to stop underestimating the letter.
Chaudhry said several people had joined protesters holding AK-47s.
The government has ordered the closure of social media accounts of banned clothing
According to the source, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has instructed the relevant authorities to take measures to suppress the social network addresses of banned clothing.
Sources in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIA) said they had received the instructions and would take action against the agency’s media from today.
“If Imran Khan’s sit-in was legal, why stop the long TLP march?” Fazl
On the other hand, PDM Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman asked, “If Imran Khan’s sit-in was legal when the PTI was in opposition, why is the long TLP demonstration not justified?”
He asked why it was illegal to protest against Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan.
“They are stopping protesters from entering Islamabad; we are calling for a general election.”
Fazl added, “The TLP has a legal right to register their protests, so the issue must be resolved legally.”
Pakistan Railways has announced other routes
At the same time, for the sake of development, Pakistan Railways said it was moving from Rawalpindi and Lahore, and moving trains were diverted.
A railway spokesman said the trains were rerouting through Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sargodha and Jand.
A spokesman for Subak Hram, Islamabad Express and Rawal Express, as well as the Orange Line from Rawalpindi to Lahore, were also suspended.
However, other trains will run on schedule.
Similarly, due to six days of protests, the GT has suspended traffic, frustrating passengers and causing difficulties.
The government has denied the closure of the French embassy
A day earlier, Rashid said the government accepted all the demands of the banned party, except for the closure of the French embassy.
“We have various restrictions on the French ambassador,” Rashid told reporters after the talks.
“There is a lot of pressure on Pakistan,” he said, referring to the ban on clothing worn by the French embassy.
“If we send a French ambassador, Pakistan may face various problems,” he said.
Rashid said he hoped the ban would end because the government had accepted the big demands.
“We want them to reconsider their request regarding the French embassy,” the interior minister said.
He told the media that a report on the talks with the leaders of the banned groups had been submitted to the Prime Minister and discussed at today’s meeting in the presence of the police secretary general and inspectors, as well as civilian and military leaders.
“We want peace in the country,” he said. We are trying to resolve all issues with TLP through dialogue as soon as possible. “
Rashid said the two police officers were killed and 70 people were injured, two of them in critical condition, but the government wanted to resolve the issue through mutual understanding and cooperation.