PM Imran and Federal Cabinet rejects TLP demands

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet members have rejected to accept all demands of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), citing sources.

Presiding over the Federal Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the premier instructed the law enforcement agencies to deal strictly with the elements who blocked the ways. He was of the view that political activists did not martyr policemen, rather it was the work of terrorists only.

The federal cabinet has decided that the writ of the state will be established at any cost. PM Imran Khan said that beating police officials in the name of the protest was a cruel act. He added that the federal government wants to resolve the issues through dialogues.

He said that those blocking the routes will be dealt with strictness. PM Khan said that such demands could not be accepted that are against the national interests.

During the federal cabinet session today, the members mulled over the strategy to deal with the TLP protestors. Sources said that the federal government has decided to deploy Rangers to stop the protestors’ advancements.

It has been decided that the TLP protestors will not be allowed to advance from Jhelum and also decided to close Peshawar’s GT Road.

Earlier in the day, it was learned that the government has decided to use wield its muscle and deal the proscribed Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) a blow if they continue to challenge the writ of the state by taking siege of routes leading to the federal capital.

According to the sources inside the interior ministry, the government has pledged to clear the roads and streets taken under siege by the mob under the banner of proscribed religious hardliners.

They are serving their political interests in the garb of religion, the sources have quoted government officials as saying.

The government and all the state institutions are on the same page and will together deal with those creating nuisance on the roads and afflicting people.

After the cabinet meeting, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry held a media briefing and categorically stated that the TLP was not a political but a terrorist organization. He said that the TLP had already done this drama of protest six times and wanted bloodshed on the streets for their own interest.

Fawad said that government would constitute its writ in any case and those who would challenge the state writ would not be tolerated. He said that his government would deal with the TLP as an extremist organization, adding that no one could dare to blackmail the state of Pakistan.

The information minister also warned that no one state should make the mistake of considering Pakistan a weak country.

Fawad said that three policemen were martyred in the last two days so they should not tolerate this situation anymore. TF Report

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