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Pakistan ‘banned’ far-right party after violent protests | Pakistan News

The move came after a protest by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, which called for the expulsion of the French envoy, resulted in the deaths of two policemen.

Islamabad, Pakistan – The country’s interior minister said the Pakistani government would ban the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which held days of violent nationwide protests that resulted in the deaths of at least two police officers. close.

TLP protests continued across the country on Wednesday, with Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed confirming that at least two police officers were killed and more than 340 injured by protesters in 48 hours by.

“Today we have decided to ban the TLP and this will go into the cabinet for approval from today,” Rasheed said at a news conference in the capital Islamabad.

In a tweet later, he said the ban would be enacted under Pakistan’s counterterrorism law.

Rasheed said protesters kidnapped police in several areas during the rally, but all law enforcement officers have now been reinstated.

The TLP, a religious group formed by fire Islamist leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi, raised the issue as its “blasphemy”, and has been inciting since November for expelling the French ambassador and banned all French goods because of remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron last year.

It prevented a massive rally that blocked a major highway into the capital Islamabad in November after reaching an agreement with the government to review their requests.

Police officers fired tear gas as they moved to disperse Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) supporters during a protest against their leader’s arrest, in Peshawar [Fayaz Aziz/Reuters]

Arrest TLP chief

In February, it threatened further protests if the government did not comply with its requests, but government negotiators could guarantee an extension of the deadline for action.

However, on Monday, ahead of the new April 20 deadline, police arrested TLP chief Saad Rizvi, son of party founder Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died of natural causes shortly after the protest. love in November.

The arrest caused days of unrest, with thousands of TLP supporters launching protests and blocking roads and highways across the country. Video footage from protests in Karachi, Lahore and elsewhere shows violent clashes between police and protesters.

Interior Minister Rasheed accused TLP leaders of inadvertently negotiating with the government over a planned congressional resolution on blasphemy.

“Until the very last moment, our goal is a draft resolution that can be prepared to be presented to parliament with their consent,” he said.

“But all of our efforts failed and one of the main reasons why [this] that they want to come to Faizabad chowk [to hold a protest] no matter what. “

Rasheed said the TLP was looking for a solution “what that means [diplomats from] European countries… all will have to leave the country ”.

“We want[ed] A draft will raise the Prophet’s flag … but what [the TLP] want[ed]That will create the perception in the world that we are an extremist nation, ”he said.

Police activities to relieve protests remaining in areas of Lahore and Faisalabad continued on Wednesday.



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