Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan has called for the expulsion of the French ambassador in protest of the deaths of two policemen.
Islamabad, Pakistan – The interior minister said the Pakistani government would take steps to ban the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), which has staged violent protests across the country for days, killing at least two police officers.
As TLP protests continued across the country on Wednesday, Home Minister Sheikh Rashid confirmed that at least two policemen had been killed and more than 340 injured by protesters in the past 48 hours.
“Today we have decided to ban TLP, and the file is going to the cabinet for approval from today,” Rashid told a news conference in the capital Islamabad.
In a subsequent tweet, he said sanctions would be imposed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law.
Rashed said protesters abducted members of police in several areas during the protests, but all law enforcement personnel have now been rescued.
TLP Firebrand, a religious group founded by Muslim leader Khadim Hussein Rizvi, has been campaigning since November for the expulsion of the French ambassador and a ban on all French content through comments. Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron
The capital, Islamabad, announced a major protest in November after blocking a major highway in the capital, Islamabad, after reaching an agreement with the government over its demands.
Arrest of TLP chief
In February, the government threatened further protests if it did not comply with its demands, but government negotiators were able to set a deadline for action.
However, on Monday, before the new April 20, police arrested TLP chief Saad Rizvi, the son of party founder Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died of natural causes shortly after the November protests.
The arrests sparked days of unrest, with thousands of TLP supporters staging protests across the country and blocking roads and highways. Karachi, Lahore and elsewhere demonstration video footage showed police and protesters in violent clashes.
Home Minister Rashid accused the TLP leaders of negotiating with the government for bad faith over the planned parliamentary proposal on the issue of condemnation.
“Until the last minute our goal was that a draft resolution on their agreement could be prepared for presentation at the assembly.”
“But all our efforts have failed and that is one of the main reasons [this] Did they want to come to Faizabad Chowk? [to hold a protest] Whatever. “
Rashed said the TLP wanted a solution [diplomats from] European countries … everyone has to leave the country “.
“We want to[ed] A draft that will raise the flag of the Prophet … but what [the TLP] I want[ed], It will create an impression in the world that we are an extremist country, ”he said.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Wednesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.