Govt, banned TLP reach deal to call off sit-in protests

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Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The government and banned outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan on Sunday evening reached a deal in order to end the nearly two-week-long impasse.

“The government of Pakistan and the TLP held detailed negotiations in an environment of mutual trust and an agreement has been reached between the two sides,” announced Mufti Munib ur Rehman while addressing a news conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser. However, Mufti Munib refused to divulge deal’s details.

Mufti said under the agreement, a steering committee has been formed that will be headed by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and this committee will become functional from Sunday, addimg that details of the agreement will be disclosed on a suitable time.

Former Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chief said the agreement is also backed by TLP Chief Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi.

Mufti Munib ur Rehman thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan who formulated a committee for talks with the banned TLP and also expressed confidence in the committee’s proceedings.

According to sources, the government has assured the TLP leadership that it would unfreeze the accounts and assets of the proscribed outfit and take steps to lift the ban. They said the TLP was also assured that the government would not pursue minor cases against the TLP leadership and workers, but the cases registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act would be decided by courts.