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Details of TLP-govt agreement will come out in 7-10 days: Rashid

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid talks to the media in Islamabad. (Source: Dawn)

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Saturday said he hopes the details of the government’s recent agreement with Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) would come out within seven to 10 days.

Speaking to journalists in Islamabad, the federal minister reiterated that an agreement has been decided with the religious party. “Whatever is in that agreement will come out to the people in a few days,” he added.

Rashid told reporters that he was not an active part of the agreement process, which he said was negotiated by the Religious Ministry and the Punjab government, adding that he had relayed the same to TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.

Rashid said the interior ministry had proscribed the TLP on the Punjab government’s recommendation, and after it withdrew its decision, a summary was sent to the cabinet and the group’s proscribed status was revoked.

On Oct 31, the government had reached an agreement with the previously banned outfit after almost two weeks of clashes that left at least seven policemen dead. When making the announcement, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, not shared any details, saying that the specifics of the agreement would come to light at an “appropriate time”.

It is pertinent to mention here that it was Rizvi’s continued incarceration that had triggered TLP’s protest before the outfit added to its demands the expulsion of France’s ambassador over the publication of caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in a French satirical magazine.

In his media talk today, Rashid was also questioned on Friday’s meeting between PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He downplayed the meeting, saying that the opposition would only tire itself out with any movements against the government at this time.