PM Imran convenes NSC meeting tomorrow amid TLP protests

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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee amid the deteriorating situation due to ongoing protest by the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet that the premier will chair the meeting on Friday.

“In view of the situation arising out of the illegal activities of the banned party, Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of the National Security Committee tomorrow. Other issues related to national security will also be considered in this meeting,” he tweeted.

A number of TLP workers reached closed to Gujranwala city Thursday morning as they are heading to Islamabad for a long march against the government for not meeting their demands.

A round of negotiations between TLP leaders and government officials is also being held in Islamabad to resolve the issues.

Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf taking to Twitter said: “For all individuals and groups who think they can challenge the writ of the Pakistani state, do not test the proposition. As the basic principle of national security, the state will never shy away from protecting each and every citizen from any form of violence”.

“TLP has crossed the red line and exhausted the state’s patience. They have martyred policemen, destroyed public property, and continue to cause massive public disruption. Law will take its course for each one of them and terrorists will be treated like terrorists with no leniency. There will be NO armed militias of any sort in our country,” he added.

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