Government to treat TLP as militant organization

Government to treat TLP as militant organization

Fawad says banned organization will not be allowed to challenge writ of the state

News Desk

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information FawadChaudhry on Wednesdayannounced that the government had decided to treat the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a militant organisation, denouncing any room to the outfit to hijack the state this time.
Addressing a news conference after a cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair on Tuesday, Fawad said: “A clear decision was made in the meeting that TLP would be treated as a militant organization and not a political party”. The meeting which included intelligence officials decided not to allow the TLP to challenge the state’s writ and the government would deal with it with iron hands. “No one should undermine the power of the state. You cannot blackmail the state,” he added.
Fawad said that all other institutions, including the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), should play their role and treat the organisation in a similar way. The minister also lashed out at what he called “fake news” on social media and called on those spreading misinformation to mend their ways. “We will not tolerate this, we will come down hard on you.” He said the TLP activists were receiving social media help from India and some other countries, adding the government was contacting these countries to have such people expelled and the PTA had been issued directions in this regard.
The minister maintained that only the state has the right to resort to physical means, saying “challenging the writ of the state is unacceptable”.
“We have so far exhibited restraint and have not stopped any civilian,” he said, adding, “We have not resorted to the use of power against the TLP.”
The minister recalled that six police personnel were martyred while more than 700 others were injured in clashes with the TLP workers last time.
“Now, in the span of just two days, three cops have been martyred while more than 49 are injured,” he added.
He stated that it was a matter of lives and the integrity of the people of Pakistan and “we will go to all extents in ensuring the same”.“Do not complain to us later [when we resort to taking action],” he maintained.
“The TLP was first founded in 2015 and it [TLP] has become a habit of the group to take to the streets and blocking them. The state has limits to its restraint.” The federal minister also added that certain groups imposing their viewpoint could lead to the state’s
elimination.

Rangers called in Punjab

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Wednesday announced that the government has decided to deploy the Punjab Rangers to maintain law and order in the province amid the ongoing protests staged by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
Speaking during a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said that the government wants to establish peace as there is a lot of pressure on Pakistan. The minister said that since the ambassador of France was not present in Pakistan, the proscribed organisation seems to have got “another agenda”.
“Yesterday, I had warned that foreign powers want to impose sanctions on Pakistan,” Rasheed said. “The TLP has turned into a militant organisation as its members had opened fire on policemen using Kalashnikovs.”
“I am still warning the protesters to return home,” Rasheed said, adding that the government cannot keep schools and hospitals closed due to the protests.