Imran Khan-TLP agreement : Group to call off protest, govt to release arrested protesters

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Islamabad, Nov 1 : The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has agreed to call off its long march towards Islamabad and Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government has agreed to not take legal action against the group and release the arrested protesters, according to the settlement reached between the two parties after weeks of violent protests.

Citing sources, ARY News said, the proscribed organisation on Sunday agreed to call off its intended long march towards Islamabad, adding that it was also agreed that no legal action would be taken against TLP workers by the government.

During the meeting it was also agreed that the TLP will be allowed to take part in the mainstream politics.

The government, on the other hand, has agreed to release all arrested workers of the proscribed outfit while those who are in custody over terrorism and other serious offences will have to seek relief from the courts, sources told Geo News.

Former Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chief Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman will be the TLP’s guarantor while Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan signed the agreement with the TLP on behalf of the government.

Pakistan government on Sunday said an agreement has been reached with the TLP after the latest round of dialogue between the two parties.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Federal Minister Ali Mohammad Khan, professor Mufti Muneeb made this announcement at a press conference held in Islamabad.

According to Mufti Muneeb, TLP chief Saad Rizvi has also endorsed the agreement and said this agreement was not a “victory or defeat” of any group, reports The Express Tribune.

“The agreement was reached after sense prevailed over aggression.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Khan will head the steering committee that will work to implement the clause of the agreement.
Both parties held a 12-hour-long meeting to come to a conclusion. Muneeb said it was fortunate that the agreement was reached before the situation got out of hands.

Mufti did not give specific details of the agreement and said details will but will be made public soon.

Muneeb said the “positive impact” of the agreement would be visible in the coming week and called this settlement “in the best interest of Pakistan and its citizens”.

“This is the news for the entire nation, and the national media should portray it in a positive manner, ” he said, thanking all groups involved in the negotiations.

“I am thankful to the prime minister for empowering the committee and trusting it, and also to the committee for working dedicatedly to resolve this matter,” he said, adding that the TLP exhibited the same attitude.


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