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Govt, TLP ink 13-point ‘invisible’ accord; life resumes on G.T Road

Federal government and TLP reached a 13-point agreement that was not shared with the media or public as both parties agreed to settle the issue with the dialogue.

Moreover, Mufti Muneebur Rehman dispelled on Monday the impression that the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador and the closure of the embassy.

“Lies were spoken on television about the talks [with the TLP], that they had demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador, the closure of the embassy and to break ties with the European Union. This was a blatant lie,” the cleric said during a press conference in Karachi.

“So how can trust be established when government officials speak lies publicly?” he questioned, adding that those who participated in the negotiations did not have personal agendas and were patriots, calling the whole process a “marathon intellectual exercise”.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday that the Rangers were being called in to maintain law and order in Punjab for 60 days after recent clashes with the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said a summary in this regard has been sent to the federal cabinet for approval. However, he still requested the group to end their protest.

The minister’s remarks came as fresh violence erupted between law enforcers and TLP supporters near Sadhoke in Punjab’s Gujranwala district on Wednesday. At least four policemen were martyred and over 250 injured.

Shortly before the interior minister’s press conference, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry categorically said that TLP will not be allowed to challenge the writ of the state and will be treated as a “militant” group and not a religious party.

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