ISLAMABAD - Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLY) announced to call off sit-ins in Lahore and other cities, after successful dialogues with the government in the wee hours of Friday.
TLY leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi while addressing a press conference at the protest site asked his followers all over the country to end the sit-ins and go home. He also announced an end to the strike being observed today and called for opening businesses and shops.He urged his activists to expedite efforts for elections 2018. Rizvi paid rich tribute to the protesters.
Whereas Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri said that the government has assured them to abolish the cases, registered against the activists of TLY. He said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan will appear before their party.
Afzal Qadri said that their demands were approved in written. He said the government handed over Raja Zafarul Haq committee report to them.“Federal and provincial governments have agreed to implement Faizabad agreement,” group’s chariman Pir Afzal Qadri said. “They will make public Raja Zafarul Haq committee’s report and Rana Sanaullah will appear before the clerics.”
Earlier security had been beefed up in the capital and adjoining areas after the latest deadline given by Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLY) to the government for the implementation of its demands lapsed on Thursday.
Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies have been deployed at the entry and exit points of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. A joint flag-march of the army and LEAs was also held in the capital, according to a security official.Meanwhile, TLY chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi has escalated a protest he has been leading at Lahore’s Data Darbar since April 2.
He is pressing for the implementation of the Faizabad agreement, which was brokered by the army last year between the government and leaders of Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), of which TLP is an offshoot.Pir Afzal Qadri, chairperson of the TLP, told party workers after the 4pm deadline lapsed today that they must “come out on the streets and not go back until Rizvi announces an end to the protest”.
Following Qadri’s orders, TLY workers have taken to the streets in various locales of Lahore. According to reports, they have also attempted to intimidate commuters and citizens with sticks and batons.
They have also blocked various key traffic intersections in Lahore, including the busy Thokar Niaz Beg. Reports also state that the flow of traffic from Shahdara till the motorway has been choked considerably. There are also reports of clashes between TLY workers and commuters. Law enforcement agencies are reportedly present but are refraining from stepping in.TLY leadership’s words caused a chain reaction in Sahiwal where party workers created blockages on the Lahore-Multan motorway at Chichawatni bypass and near View Hotel at Lahore-Sahiwal bypass; they vowed to not end their sit-in until orders come from Lahore.Temporary demonstrations and sit-ins were also reported in Mian Channu city in Khanewal district as well as in Kabirwala on the National Highway.
“If the 11-point Faizabad agreement, which includes provisions like the release of arrested workers and withdrawal of cases against them, is not implemented, the entire country will be on the roads next Friday,” Qadri had told journalists last week.