Muneeb reacts over
‘political alliance’ between
PTI and banned TLP


LAHORE: Reacting to the question regarding election alliance between PTI and banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), religious scholar and former chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman has said that those, who talking about the political alliance, and the banned outfit know about this matter.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mufti Muneeb played the role of mediator between the government and the banned TLP.

In an interview with a private Tv news channel, the former chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee said that he had no political ambition. He also hoped that the entire process of banned TLP head Saad Rizvis release will be completed in 10 to 12 days.

Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman

None of the banned TLP protesters had Kalashnikovs. He will stay together step by step until the agreement is finalized. I advise those who tell the stories of the writ of the government that there is need of wisdom to tackle these matters.

I am also grateful to the prime minister for his wise decision. Imran Khans eagles were causing of danger, Allah created a good situation, I assure you the coming days will be good, we have no political agenda. The protesters are not terrorists and they are loyal to the country. Accusations and fatwas against the banned TLP are not correct, the religious leader said.

He also maintained that making agree to the banned TLP workers was not an easy task and Allah has saved the beloved homeland from bloodshed. I am also grateful to those who put weight on the scales of truth. Liberal friends are sad and troubled. They should bear the worry for a few days, he added.

He further said that there is loss on both the sides during the clash. I also pray for the police personnel. I am happy that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had the same objective that was achieved without the use of force. It is inappropriate to use force to achieve this purpose. The foreign (English) media made false allegations.

To a question about the alliance talks between the PTI and the banned TLP, Mufti Muneeb replied that it is not part of my agenda and his agenda is peace and security across the country.

Replying to another question by the program host, the religious leader said that the whole process to release banned TLP head Saad Rizvi may be completed in 10 to 12 days.

More TLP workers released

As many as 82 more workers of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) were released from Adiala Jail on Wednesday.  Sources said that the decision to release the workers was taken after the second meeting of the steering committee that was set up in line with the agreement reached between the government and the banned outfit.

The Adiala Jail authorities released 82 more TLP workers who were taken into custody by the police to maintain law and order during the protests of the TLP. On Tuesday, 50 workers of the TLP were also released from the jail and with the recent release, the total number has jumped to 132.

Supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party shout slogans during a protest in Lahore

On Sunday, the government and the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) reached an agreement after lengthy negotiations. Addressing a press conference, religious scholar Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman had said a committee comprising of government and TLP representatives has been formed to oversee the implementation of the agreement.

The committee will be headed by Ali Mohammad Khan with Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat to be its member. Whereas, the TLP will be represented by Mufti Ghulam Ghous Baghdadi and Hafeezullah Alavi, he disclosed.

TLP’s proscribed status to be removed

The Punjab Cabinet Committee on Law and Order on Wednesday worked out a plan to take the proscribed title of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) off as a part of confidence-building measures in the aftermath of the federal government-TLP agreement, contents of which are still unknown in the public domain.

According to a Dawn report, the federal government’s steering committee led by state minister Ali Muhammad Khan has already finalised modalities to offer relief to the TLP and its leadership and sort out the looming law and order and economic crisis.

In a build-up to the government-TLP agreement, the cabinet committee met under the chairmanship of Punjab Law Minister Basharat Raja on Wednesday and finalised the recommendation for chief minister’s approval and onward submission to the federal government.

“The committee discussed and okayed a plan to remove proscription title imposed on the TLP. The committee will submit its recommendation to the chief minister within 36 hours,” a source in the committee meeting told Dawn. The chief minister will eventually submit the Punjab government’s recommendation to the federal government for a final decision.

Since steering committee convener Mr Khan has already stated that the TLP activists detained by the police have been released as part of the agreement, the cabinet committee decided to give relief to the TLP activists included in the Fourth Schedule on fast track, as soon as they will apply to their respective deputy commissioners or the Punjab home department.

Sources say the cabinet committee decided that the Punjab government would not oppose or resist, if the TLP activists in jail, apply for their bail. However, sources say, the TLP activists booked under heinous charges including ATA sections would not be given any relief. Such activists would depend on the decisions of courts concerned.

Speaking to Dawn, Mr Raja said the cabinet committee agreed that the trust deficit between the government and the TLP should be reduced. He said the matter of Saad Rizvi’s detention before the LHC would be rendered infructuous as the detention period as per the notification had expired. He said the detention matter would be taken up by a federal review board on Nov 6.