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Committee formed to negotiate between govt, TLP: Qadri


Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said Saturday a 12-member committee has been formed to play the negotiator’s role between the government and the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan.

Speaking to the media after attending a meeting of the state officials and religious scholars, with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, Qadri said that the committee is in talks with the government as well as the leaders of the proscribed organisation.

The federal minister said religious leaders from across the country met the prime minister and expressed the resolve to wrap up the matter peacefully.

Qadri said the premier told the meeting’s participants that the incumbent government has always welcomed meaningful and serious talks.

The prime minister also told the ulema that their suggestions, which might save the country from bloodshed, will also be considered, the federal minister said.

More than 31 scholars including Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, Pir Khalid Sultan Bahoo, Pir Abdul Khaliq, Dr Muhammad Zubair, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Pir Muhammad Amin, Pir Khawaja Ghulam Qutb Farid, Pir Nizam Sialvi, Sahibzada Hafiz Hamid Raza and other scholars attended the meeting.

Imran Khan said that the government would not have any objection to releasing banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan chief Saad Rizvi if courts ordered to release him, adding that expelling French Ambassador is not the solution to the problem but the world will have to be educated regarding blasphemy.

“The world will have to be told that blasphemy hurts the hearts of billions of Muslims,” Khan said.

The Ulema also raised objections on the statements of the federal ministers and said that the statements could sabotage the negotiations with the banned TLP.

During the meeting, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed apprised the meeting of the current situation in the country, while important issues related to the protest of the banned TLP were also discussed.

“The 12-member committee is in talks with the TLP leadership, and we hope they can move forward [in their negotiations with the proscribed political party],” he said.

It was agreed in the meeting between the premier and the Ulema that the country could not tolerate a violent situation at this time.

Imran Khan said that it would be valuable if the Ulema could act as a bridge between the government and the banned TLP.

He said the government does not want bloodshed, adding that peace and security is in the interest of everyone.

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