To discuss the current situation of the country caused by the banned radical outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting was led by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday (today).
As per the reports, there is a deadlock between the government and outlawed TLP as the negotiations did not reach a conclusion yesterday. But sources suggest that there will be discussion either today or tomorrow.
Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Information and Broadcasting on Thursday (yesterday) expressed that talks with the banned outfit will not take place until and unless they stop the protest and clear out the roads. Fawad also demanded that all those responsible persons who killed policemen should be turned in to the officials, then the government will move forward. Chaudhry also urged the citizens to refrain from being part of TLP’s protests.
However, after today’s meeting, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid briefed the media that there is still some light at the end of the cave regarding the talks with the banned outfit. Interior Minister mentioned that Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and himself will lead the talks with the outlaw group.
Sheikh Rashid further asserted that it is the duty of the state to protect the lives and wealth of the citizens.
It should be mentioned that in the recent clash of the protestors with the policemen, at least four security officials have been martyred. A high alert notification was issued for the hospitals in Lahore to deal with any emergency caused by TLP protests.
Yesterday, Rangers were called in the Punjab province to combat any situation caused by TLP protestors marching forward towards the capital.
Today’s NSC meeting was attended by state top officials including security personnel of the highest ranks. Apart from the TLP topic, country internal and external security talks were also held.