Justifying the government’s agreement signed with the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that it was the only way government could defuse the situation and avoid further violence.
He issued these remarks while chairing a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s core committee, as per Express Tribune.
While the details of the controversial accord have not been revealed, the prime minister reportedly took the PTI members into confidence over its contents.
Khan said that he never supported the idea of using force to resolve such issues, adding that the matter had to be resolved amicably considering the intensity of the deadlock.
Earlier today, more than 800 workers of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) who were arrested after clashes with policemen have been released following the agreement between government and the group that was reached on Sunday. Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat on Tuesday confirmed the release of TLP workers.
Dawn quoted the minister as saying that the arrested individuals who have been released were those who were arrested during crackdowns and raids during the riots by the banned outfit. He said that their release was made after completion of ‘scrutiny’, and that those workers who have FIRs registered against them would not be released.
Earlier on Sunday night, Mufti Muneebur Rehman addressed the TLP protestors gathered in Wazirabad following the agreement signed with the government and said that the accord would be considered abolished if the government arrests any worker.