Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has on Wednesday condemned violence after protests erupted by the religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
In a statement, Bilawal Bhutto said, “Attacks on police officials, torturing innocent people, kidnapping and damaging public and private properties could not be allowed in the country.”
He demanded to take notice of these violent acts during the protests that erupted in multiple cities after the arrest of a leader of the religious party.
The PPP chairman also urged the government to ensure the provision of the best medical aid to the wounded.
“This week’s naked violence shows that the selected regime has dragged the country into a deadly quagmire, where no one is safe … under the PTI regime, even the police seems to be in need of protection, as the govt has abandoned the people,” Bilawal said.
Government Decides To Ban TLP
The federal government has decided to impose a ban on TLP for creating violence in the country after the party chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested by Lahore police this week.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that TLP will be put under a ban according to the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
He added, “TLP protesters prompted violence and snatched rifles from police and fired.”
“We are forwarding a summary to the Federal Cabinet to impose a ban on the TLP,” Rashid said, adding, “The government stood by the agreement signed with the party.”
Earlier on April 12, Saad Hussain Rizvi had been arrested by the Lahore police and was taken into custody from Jamia Masjid Rehmat ul Aalameen after Zuhar prayers.
There is no immediate reason revealed by the police for the TLP leader’s arrest. However, the TLP chairperson has announced a demonstration on April 20.
Hussain Rizvi was chosen as the TLP chief in November 2020, after his father Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s demise.
What TLP Wants?
The deadline by TLP concerns its demands from October last year, a history teacher who had shown blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in class was decapitated and his assailant shot dead by French police as they tried to arrest him.
Following the killing, President of France Emmanuel Macron pledged not to “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Prime Imran Khan as well as other leaders of Muslim countries had denounced the French premier’s comments while countrywide protests were held calling for a boycott of French products. Imran Khan after the incident and to date has voiced against the French move on the international forums.
According to the TLP, the present government expressed its inability to implement the agreement and wanted the TLP leadership to stop protesting.