Amraiz Khan Lahore
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, has granted the initial approval to the summary sent to him for the revocation of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s proscribed status.
The summary was sent to him by the Pun jab home department on Thursday. After granting preliminary approval to the summary, the CM has now sought approval from the Cabinet to end the party’s proscribed status through circulation.
The cabinet wing of the services department has now sent the summary to all the ministers of the province for their signatures. As per the rules, if no reply is received within three days, the summary will be considered approved.
Earlier today, in compliance with a secretive deal between the government and the proscribed TLP, the Punjab government decided to remove the names of at least 90 activists of the proscribed outfit from the fourth schedule.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Law Minister Punjab Raja Basharat in Lahore.
The meeting also decided to release 100 more activists of the proscribed organisation from different jails in the province.
It reviewed the decisions taken by the steering committee formed to deal with all TLP-related matters. Punjab Inspector General of Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Home Zafar Nasrullah and others were present in the meeting.
The final approval in this regarding will be given by the federal cabinet. to lift the ban on the religious party. According to the Punjab Home Department, the summary stated that the word “banned” should be removed with Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan.
The summary has been approved by the Sub-Cabinet Committee on Law and Order. After the summary approval from the Chief Minister and the Cabinet, a recommendation will be made to the Federation.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court on Thursday disposed of a Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan petition which sought the release of its chief, Saad Hussain Rizvi, after the counsel for the party withdrew the application.
A two-member bench, headed by LHC Chief Justice Amir Bhatti, heard the plea during which the TLP’s counsel Moazzam Malik prayed the court that the petition had become “infructuous”.