No decision taken to release banned TLP chief Saad Rizvi: Sources

ISLAMABAD: No decision has yet been taken by the federal government on the release of head of the banned Tehreek-e-Libbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chief Saad Rizvi, sources disclosed on Monday.

According to sources, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed will hold a detailed press conference on the issue of agreement between the government and religious parties tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 pm.

Sources said that the cases under terrorism charges would not be withdrawn against the proscribed TLP and no decision has been taken to release Saad Rizvi, while the TLP will remain a banned party.

Earlier today, the federal authorities decided that the banned TLP will remain banned and the murder cases against its workers will not be withdrawn.

This was disclosed in a parliamentary party briefing by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and the Minister of Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on negotiations with the TLP.

The parliamentary party meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. It was briefed that no decision has been taken to lift the ban against Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and it will remain in force.

The meeting was told that murder charges against the proscribed party’s workers are not being withdrawn. Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that although the objective of TLP was correct, its approach to the problem was flawed.

He said that there is a need for wisdom and a comprehensive strategy to present a strong case at the global level.

The cabinet, in order to ensure timely decisions about basic food items in the country, demand and supply, assessment of prices, transportation and further strengthening of cooperation between the federal and provincial governments, Tuesday approved the establishment of a Centralized Database.