ISLAMABAD: The government and the outlawed Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) reached an agreement on Sunday, averting the possible bloodshed in the country.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, senior scholar of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and former chairman of Ruet e Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman announced that both the parties had reached an agreement after successful negotiations. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Founder of Saylani Welfare Trust Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri and TLP leaders were also present on this occasion
“A steering committee has been formed under the agreement. The steering committee headed by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammed Khan would monitor the agreement and it will start working from today. The results of the agreement will surface next week,” Mufti Muneeb said adding that details of the agreement would be made public at a suitable time.
Apart from Ali Muhammed Khan, the steering committee comprises Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, the interior ministry secretary, Punjab home secretary and TLP leaders Mufti Ghulam Ghous Baghdadi and Engineer Hafeezullah Alavi.
Mufti Muneeb said it was welcoming that sentiments were controlled amid a tense situation. He said it was not a victory or defeat of anyone, rather it was a victory of Pakistan and patriotism. He played the role of an arbitrator for peace and protection of the country, he added.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier set up a committee which included Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Qaiser and Ali Muhammad Khan to defuse the tension. He said that he was grateful to the prime minister for trusting the committee which played its role in resolving the issue seriously.
The renowned Islamic scholar further said that the agreement was also taken seriously by the leadership of the TLP and it also had the support of TLP chief Hafiz Saad Rizvi.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said they saw people getting hurt and properties being destroyed, therefore the government found a peaceful way viewing all the issues. He said meeting of the National Security Committee had also preferred holding negotiations.
The TLP had on Saturday resumed its march from Wazirabad as thousands of protesters, travelling in cars, buses and on foot, continued their journey towards Islamabad on the ninth day.
The activists and workers of the group, which was protesting over the detention of its leader Saad Rizvi and demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador, were heading towards Grand Trunk Road (GTD) near Chenab River on the edge of Gujrat.