Govt manages to convince TLP protesters to end rally

The exact details of the agreement reached have yet to be shared by the government

The Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) agreed to finish its sit-in in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi after fruitful negotiations with the federal government in the latter hours of Monday night. The development was confirmed by the Ministry for Religious Affairs spokesperson. An official statement from TLP leadership about the agreement is expected soon and the protestors are already leaving the venue.

The spokesperson further revealed the Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri conducted the talks with TLP leadership on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Qadri was able to convince the TLP to call of their sit-in. the protest lasted about 31 hours during which period, security was at a very high alert in the twin cities. Cellular services in many areas were also down as a precautionary measure from the government.

Expel the French Ambassador

TLP demanded that the French Ambassador be expelled and sent back home after Emanuel Macron not only supported blasphemous caricatures but also displayed them on government buildings. As per the TLP leadership, the government has agreed to all of their demands. However, the government is yet to give its version of the eventual agreement between the two sides.

Not the first time for TLP

TLP has been active for the last few years and has garnered a fair base during this period. They have protested in Faizabad, the joining point between Islamabad and Rawalpindi on two previous occasions. During the previous government, their sit-in continued for more than two weeks and made life difficult for the residents of the twin cities. Their more recent protest resulted in arrests of the leadership and baton charging of the masses that had damaged public property. TLP also contested in the 2018 general elections and got a sizable number of votes.   

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