SUKKUR: Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah has said that the government failed to control the ongoing protest of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as the “rulers do not live up to their words.”
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Shah said the centre and the Punjab government were helpless to take the country out of the prevailing crisis in the country.
“What is happening in the country is a failure of Islamabad and the Punjab government,” he claimed.
At least four police personnel were martyred on Wednesday, and scores of people were injured as clashes between police and TLP workers intensified.
The outlawed TLP is protesting over the detention of its leader Saad Rizvi. The group is also demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry yesterday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the security services had agreed to treat the TLP as a militant group.
The government, however, had earlier this week announced a breakthrough in talks with the TLP, but the march resumed on Wednesday.
Explaining how the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led (PTI) government could not strike a deal with the protesters, Shah feared that “the situation is going to get worse due to the incompetence of the government.”
“Rangers have been called in Punjab for 60 days. Two federal ministers went for talks with the [banned] TLP but failed. The interior minister is saying whatnot,” said Shah.
“The problem is that the [PTI] rulers do not live up to their own words,” Shah noted was a reason why negotiations between the government and the banned TLP had been unsuccessful so far.