Monday, January 17, 2022

Govt-TLP accord frees over 800 TLP activists

According to reports published Tuesday, more than 800 activists of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have been released from various prisons in Punjab as a result of an agreement reached between the government and the banned organisation.

The government had struck an agreement with the outlawed organisation on Sunday, under which employees of the organisation who were not charged with any formal criminal offences would be released.

According to the agreement, Saad Rizvi, the party’s top leader, will also be released following a court process.

It was decided to begin implementing the agreement after a meeting of the steering committee, which had been formed to figure out the details of how the agreement would be carried out.

The meeting was presided over by Federal Minister Ali Mohammad Khan. In attendance were Punjab’s Minister for Law Raja Basharat, secretaries of the federal interior ministry, assistant chief secretary of the Punjab Home Department, and other officials, as well as a number of TLP members who had come to support the government.

According to the Punjab Home Department, 860 people who were not charged with any official offences have been released across the state of Punjab.

‘Agreement cannot be made public until 10 days after the closing of the transaction.’

Saylani Welfare Trust Chairman Maulana Bashir Farooqui, who was present during negotiations between the TLP and the government, told a private television channel on Monday that the agreement could not be made public until the tenth day of the negotiations, even as he assured that its contents “do not go against the national interest.” Farooqui said the agreement could not be made public until the tenth day of the negotiations.

It was revealed Sunday at a news conference convened by representatives from the PTI administration’s negotiation team that an agreement had been reached between the government and TLP, according to reports.

The administration was represented at the press conference by Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, who spoke on behalf of the government. Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, a Barelvi scholar who served as an arbitrator between the government and the protestors, was also in attendance.

According to Rehman, the “successful” discussions he had with the outlawed organisation had resulted in a “accord,” which was announced at the start of the news conference in Islamabad.

He had previously stated, however, that the agreement’s specifics will be published at a “appropriate moment.” His statement went on to say that a beneficial outcome of the deal would be apparent in the following days.

Members of the TLP shura, according to Farooqui, were among those who signed the agreement, which also included the National Assembly speaker, FM Qureshi, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan.

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