ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday said the federal government had decided to ban the Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
Making the announcement, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that the decision was taken under Anti-terrorism Act 1997 (11) B. “Two policemen have been martyred and 340 others have suffered injuries at the hands of the TLP protestors,” he said while addressing media in Islamabad.
He said ambulances and oxygen supply were stopped from going to hospitals and main arteries were blocked by the TLP activists. The entire GT Road and motorway have been cleared of protesters now, he maintained.
The interior minister said the policemen who were abducted by the party to make demands had also been recovered.
“We stick to the agreement which was reached between the government and the TLP. Such a resolution will be adopted which would not send an impression of extremism, rather it would show us as Aashiqan e Rasool (SAWW). Till the very end, we tried our best to reach an agreement amicably,” he said.
Sheikh Rasheed said that the summary of ban on the TLP will be sent to the federal cabinet for approval.