Agreement between Banned TLP & Government of Pakistan
November 01, 2021
Mufti Muneeb, a religious scholar and former chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, has urged protesters to follow the leadership’s instructions following an agreement reached with the government.He told participants at a sit-in in Wazirabad organized by the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), “We have to move wherever the leadership directs us.”
He stated that the government has assured them that the party’s restrictions will be lifted. “It will take a week to remove the prohibited word from the TLP,” he added.Muneeb stated that the government will carry out the agreement reached with the banned organization.
He stated that under the terms of the agreement, they would vacate the GT Road.Mufti Muneeb, speaking on the occasion, warned that if the government did not implement the agreement, they would return in full force.Meanwhile, Rawalpindi residents breathed a sigh of relief after the authorities reopened all roads for traffic after a 12-day closure due to an agreement with the proscribed TLP.All roads between Rawalpindi and Islamabad have been cleared of containers and barricades. As life in the twin cities returns to normal, the authorities have also restored the Rawalpindi Metro Bus service.
Protesters are still present at Allah Wala Chowk in Wazirabad in Gujranwala, and all educational institutes and markets near the venue will remain closed.The Lahore-Islamabad section of GT Road remains closed to traffic, and authorities have yet to take any action to fill the trench dug up near Chiragh Toll Plaza.Meanwhile, internet service in Gujranwala remains suspended as of Monday morning.
The PTI government’s negotiating team had held a press conference the day before to update the public on their talks with the TLP.Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser attended the press conference on behalf of the government, while Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman represented the TLP.Rehman began the news conference in Islamabad by declaring that talks with the TLP had been “successful” and that a “agreement” had been reached.However, he had stated that details of the agreement would be revealed at a “suitable time.” He also stated that the agreement’s positive outcomes will be seen in the coming days.
He had stated that the agreement reached with the government was a victory for Islam and Pakistan, rather than a victory for any individual.According to Rehman, a steering committee has been formed under the agreement, which will be led by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and will include Mufti Ghulam Ghous Baghdadi of the TLP. He stated that the committee will become active and begin work today.
“The government of Pakistan and the TLP had a detailed discussion in an environment of mutual trust, and an agreement has been reached between the two sides,” Rehman said, emphasizing that the talks did not take place under any pressure.