LAHORE – The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) announced on Monday to end its wit-in protest being staged in a ground of Wazirabad, days after of reaching an undisclosed agreement with the government.
The development also comes after the Ministry of Interior ended the proscribed status of the religio-political party.
TLP leader Syed Sarwar Shah announced that the “dharna” was being ended, adding that all the workers of the party would back to Masjid Rahmatulil Alameen in Lahore.
He said that Mufti Muneeb ur Rahman, who mediated talks between the protesters and the government, had told us to end the protest after 50% of demands are met.
He revealed that Rahman had given them a guarantee that Saad Hussain Rizvi will participate in the first anniversary of TLP founder Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
TLP’s proscribed status ended
The interior ministry on Sunday issued a notification to announce the revocation of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) proscribed status, days after the government reached a deal with the group to end its violent protest march to Islamabad.
The notification was issued hours after the federal cabinet approved the proposal by the Interior Ministry seeking the TLP’s de-proscription.
The government had declared the TLP a proscribed outfit under the anti-terror law in April this year, after three days of violent protests by the group’s members across the country.
A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved the submission of the summary to his cabinet while an anti-terrorism court granted post-arrest bail to several leaders of the group in the criminal cases registered with different police stations.
“The cabinet considered the summary dated Nov 6, submitted by the Interior Division, which was circulated in terms of Rule 17 (1)(b) read with Rule 19 (1) of the Rules of Business, 1973 for ‘de-proscription of TLP’ and approved the proposal,” says the decision by the cabinet, seen by Dawn.com.
According to the Rules of Business, 1973, ap-proval by circulation means that a summary is sent to federal ministers for their opinion.
The ministers’ recommendations are then sent to the prime minister after a stipulated period of time for further decisions on the matter.
If a minister fails to respond within the stipulated time pe-riod, it is assumed that they have approved the recommendations made in the summary.
As per the contents of the Ministry of Inte-rior’s summary, the TLP had made a request to the Punjab government for its de-proscription on April 29.