Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi has issued a statement recently after the interior ministry declared the religious party null and void.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Shahbaz Gill has shared the statement by Saad Hussain Rizvi on his Twitter handle.
The Chief has appealed to his party workers not to take any illegal steps in the interest of the country and the people while all protest rallies and roadblocks should be removed immediately.
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— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) April 15, 2021
He, in his statement, further said that all party workers should return to their homes peacefully and fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies.
PEMRA Bans Media Coverage Of TLP
Moreover, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned all kind of coverage of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
According to a statement issued by PEMRA, instructions have been issued to all TV channels and FM radio stations in this regard.
PEMRA further stated that the Interior Ministry has banned TLP under Section 27 of the PEMRA Regulation and Code of Conduct PEMRA Ordinance 2002, media coverage of banned outfits is prohibited.
Mobile, Internet Services Suspended In Lahore
The cellular phone networks and Internet service suspended due to security concerns following the sit-ins by the TLP workers in Lahore.
The internet services have been suspended for three days in different areas of the country, including the Baldia Town area of Karachi.
The internet service providers said that internet service has been suspended on the directions of PTA.
Moreover, the party’s protests had obstructed traffic in various cities of the country since Monday after Lahore police had detained TLP Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.
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.”
What TLP Wants?
The deadline by the religious party 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 party, the present government expressed its inability to implement the agreement and wanted the TLP leadership to stop protesting.