Govt succeeds in convincing TLP leaders to end protest

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The government succeeded in convincing the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to end their sit-in after hours-long negotiations on Monday, the spokesperson of the Ministry for Religious Affairs said.

The negotiations were held on the directions of the prime minister by a team of government officials, led by Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri. The government's negotiation party also included Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Islamabad Commissioner Aamir Ahmed and prime minister's adviser Shehzad Akbar.

Situation remained tense in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Monday as activists from the TLP continued their sit-in on the Faizabad interchange for a second day.

A large number of party workers clashed with the police as they were stopped from entering Islamabad. The police had to use tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and prevent them from advancing into the federal capital. The TLP workers pelted the police with stones in return, resulting in injuries on both sides.

The residents of the twin cities were forced to use alternate routes as barricades on major causeways caused disruption in traffic. Public buses were also forced off the roads.

According to reports, all schools and shops around Faizabad were closed due to the situation. Mobile and internet services remained shut in adjoining areas for 31 hours. They have now gradually been restored.

On November 15, over 101 workers and TLP officials had been detained as the Rawalpindi police continued its crackdown.