As the PTI-led government finds ways to break the deadlock, a 12-member committee was formed on Saturday to play as the negotiator between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
Religious Affairs Minister Noor ul Haq Qadri announced the formation of the committee in a news conference after attending PM Imran Khan’s meeting with religious scholars.
Qadri said he was hopeful of a breakthrough as the scholars included the committee follow the same ideology as the TLP.
“A 12-member committee has been formed. This committee is in contact with government and TLP leadership,” said Qadri. He added that the religious scholars that met the premier assured him of helping the government in resolving the issue peacefully.
Hamid Raza, one of the religious scholars who is part of the committee, revealed that talks between the government and the outlawed party are ongoing at different places. However, he did not reveal any details as it may harm the talks.
Raza said that the government’s stance was clear and if the TLP march is staying at a point then it is better because if they move then it may “sabotage the talks”.
Rangers draw ‘red line’ near Wazirabad as march continues
The TLP on Saturday resumed its march from Wazirabad as thousands of protesters, travelling in cars, buses and on foot, continue their journey towards Islamabad on the ninth day.
The activists and workers of the group, which is protesting over the detention of its leader Saad Rizvi and demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador, are heading towards Grand Trunk Road (GTD) near Chenab River on the edge of Gujrat, Bol News has learnt.
The TLP protesters started their journey from the Wazirabad roundabout earlier today, where they had spent the night under the sky. For the first time since they had left Lahore last Friday for Islamabad, the TLP protesters may face the Punjab Rangers as they have been called under Article-147.
The Punjab Rangers are now leading the command in Punjab, while the Punjab Police would assist them as per the latest guidelines issued by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. The centre gave them the charge following deadly clashes with law enforcement agencies along the route. They have reportedly been given a go-ahead to open fire at the miscreants if needed.
Rangers have already marked a ‘red line’ near the Wazirabad Toll Plaza for the TLP protesters with a reported warning on a notice that the TLP protesters must not breach the line, else they will have to face consequences.
Around 500 Rangers personnel have been standing guard at the Wazirabad Toll Plaza, a few hundred meters from the bridge of Chenab River to deal with the TLP protesters.