Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Sunday that Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had agreed to cancel its march to Islamabad, a private television network reported.
At a news conference on Sunday, the interior minister said that cases against TLP employees will be withdrawn on Tuesday or Wednesday. He said that talks with the TLP lasted more than eight hours in the hope that the situation would soon return to normal. “The government was instructed to remove all containers except those placed on GT Road,” he added. In response to the question of whether Saad Rizvi will be released, Rashid said: “InshaAllah”.
Sheikh Rashid said the government has released 350 Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) employees so far. “We have released 350 TLP employees so far,” he added. “We are still hoping to open Muridke Road on both sides according to the decision taken with the TLP.” Rashid, who arrived in Lahore following the abandonment of his Dubai tour due to violent clashes between TLP and Punjab police, said talks in the forbidden outfit were “almost complete.” According to the talks, the TLP will not march to Islamabad but will organize a “peaceful” sit-in on GT Road in Muridke, some 50 km from Lahore, while the government will release the party workers detained in recent days.
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The minister also promised that the question will be raised in connection with the expulsion of the French envoy to Pakistan in the National Assembly, as agreed in the previous agreement. Meanwhile, Noorul Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs, said the government would “seriously consider” the demands of the banned team. He said police would not touch protesters who agreed to remain peaceful. “The streets will remain open,” he said, adding that protesters will peacefully end the Muridke sit-in after the demands were met. The government has sought two days to meet one of the most important demands of the TLP, namely the release of its chief Saad Rizvi and the removal of his name from the Fourth Schedule.
Sheikh Rashid said, “It is our desire and effort to resolve the legal and order situation as soon as possible and resolve all matters through negotiations.” He said it was decided to return his cases by Tuesday or Wednesday, in addition to investigating the matters of the fourth schedule were. He said he persistent his position before them that Pakistan was facing various international and national challenges and had successfully handled these issues, and assured them that their only demand would be made to Parliament because they had a commitment to the participation of the Speaker’s National Assembly.
He said members of the TLP negotiating team will attend the Ministry of the Interior at 10:00 on Monday to continue the talks. “We will try to resolve any outstanding questions to reach a positive end.” He said his complaint about not giving a positive response in the last six months was true.