After the talks were halted between the government and banned outfit Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan (TLP), protestors have started to march towards the capital Islamabad for the protests.
Earlier, TLP paused their march towards Islamabad after the talks with the government which was led by the Minister for Interior of Pakistan Shaikh Rashid. Minister confirmed in his press conference that the talks have been successful with TLP. Government is ready to fulfil the demands of TLP, they will even release their leader Saad Rizvi but the government cannot order the Ambassador of France to leave the country as it will put Pakistan on backfoot with the relations with European countries.
Currently, TLP is protesting in Muridke but after the talks have been halted with the government, protestors have resumed their march towards the capital. As per the media reports, around 8,000 protestors are marching towards Islamabad for the protest.
Police and other security officials are on high alert as the protestors march forward. Containers are set up by the government to stop the protestors from entering the capital city of Pakistan. Other than that, buses services are temporarily shut down by the government of Punjab.
Wazir Ali, a TLP Central Committee member said that the government is not taking the demands of TLP “serious.” He further added that they will conduct a peaceful match but there can be countrywide strike calls if police try to stop the march going forward.
The meeting on Tuesday was conducted by Prime Minister Imran Khan which was attended by COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and other office-bearers.
The current situation and demands of the banned radical outfit were briefed to Prime Minister Imran Khan. Everybody was on the same page as TLP’s demands to order French ambassador Pakistan could not be accepted.
Shaikh Rashid later briefed that all other TLP demands can be accepted except telling the French envoy to leave the country as it will leave the country in bad blood ties with the European countries. He further emphasized that Pakistan is a nuclear nation and some powers seek conspiracies to sanction the country. Interior Minister hopes that before the deadline of 2 November, TLP will rethink their demand.
With the latest developments, it is no hidden secret that the country’s administration is under immense pressure from the international world regarding the developments of TLP protests and demands.