No foreign pressure behind banning TLP: Fawad

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Minister visits injured policemen, assures best facilities


Zubair Qureshi

Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has made it loud and clear that declaring Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a sproscribed organization was purely Pakistan’s own decision and there was no foreign pressure behind it.

He was talking to media persons outside the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Rawalpindi on Saturday where he had come to inquire about the health of the policemen injured in recent clashes with the TLP workers.

This was his first interaction with the media after taking over the charge of the Information Ministry a day earlier.

PTI Secretary General Amir Kiyani and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill also visited sthe injured police officials on behalf of the Prime Minister and inquired about their health.

Fawad outrightly rejected any foreign pressure on the issue of TLP. The minister said the government handled the protest of the TLP in the best possible way and the situation had returned to normalization across the country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had already issued a statement in this regard and in his tweet had appreciated the bravery and courage of the police and law enforcement agencies, said the minister.

The minister also inquired about the health of the police personnel injured in clashes with the outlawed TLP workers in recent protests.

He said the government was standing by its brave security forces. He assured that all medical facilities and care would be provided to the injured.

He said the families of the martyred security personnel would not be left to suffer rather the government would take best care of them.

Fawad said the government had to close social media for a few hours but it was inevitable to counter the tactics of the miscreants.

To a question, he said every Muslim was ready to sacrifice his life for the honour of the Holy Prophet SAW but it was unfortunate when someone misusing this issue for getting political mileage was unfortunate.

He said that Pakistan was not a weak state and no one should take it lightly. The minister said in democracy everybody had his viewpoint but no one could be allowed to blackmail the state by use of force or any other means.

He also lauded Interior and Religious Affairs Ministries and the provincial governments for handling the situation with coordination.

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