Pakistan bans Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan after violent protest
SLAMABAD, April 14 (APP): In a major move the government on Wednesday announced to ban Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) as a terrorist outfit, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said.
The announcement came after two days of violent clashes and road blockades set on key highways and motorways as the party workers across the country protested, following the arrest of its top leader.
The Interior Minister said the ban on the TLP has been placed under Section 11 B of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, on the recommendation of the Punjab government, and added that a summary in this regard has been moved to the federal cabinet.
“Today we have decided to ban TLP and we will get the approval of the cabinet,” Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told at a news conference.He said several rounds of talks were held with the TLP leaders however the party remained stuck to its stance. He said on the one hand they were talking, and on the other directing their workers to prepare for a march on Islamabad, with full force.
Sheikh Rashid also told a news channel that the decision to ban the party has the nod of all the stakeholders and has been taken after thorough deliberations. He said there were several other religious parties in the country, but none resorted to such violent behaviour. He said only in the past few years, the TLP has held several violent protests, bringing the entire country to a grinding halt.
He was optimistic that the ban on the TLP would be announced in the next few days, after the cabinet gives it a go-ahead. An official source said the summary of the Interior Ministry has been sent to the Prime Minister and after his approval will be circulated amongst the members for their consent.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said no single political party can claim ownership to Namoos-e-Risalat, as he pointed that it was a matter close to the hearts of the entire 20 million people of this country. Sheikh Rashid said the government remained committed to table a bill on Namoos-e-Risalat in the National Assembly.
The minister said there was absolutely no question on the issue of “finality of Prophethood (Khatam-e-Nabwat)” and no Muslim, including him, could even think of deviating from it, even at the cost of their lives.
Earlier the federal cabinet in its meeting on Tuesday agreed on taking stern action against the miscreants for creating lawlessness and causing roadblocks on major roads, causing a serious threat to the lives and property of the people.