Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has on Thursday lambasted the religious party that created intense violence in various cities of Pakistan and termed them “quite dangerous”.
While addressing a press conference alongside Nooru-ul-Haq Qadri, Sheikh Rasheed said, “They were adamant on coming [at the Faizabad Interchange] for the fourth time.”
He added, “This is why we took decisions to prevent that.”
The minister lauded the efforts of law enforcement personnel who got wounded in the clashes.
“I will visit the homes of those who were martyred and will also visit those who were injured [in the clashes],” he said.
The interior minister said the violence was unfortunate as the government was willing to negotiate with protesters.
“We got to know during the negotiations that they [religious party] were planning a march on April 20,” he said, adding that the reaction from the party after the arrest of a leader could not be justified.
“The reaction was neither in harmony with what our religion says nor what our Constitution says,” Rasheed added.
He said the government won’t allow any leisure to those who spread anarchy across Pakistan.
“No one is being allowed to go, no relaxation will be provided to them,” he 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 Rasheed 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.”
TLP Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi Arrested
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.