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Pak frees 350 activists of banned group to resolve standoff

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Islamabad, October 25

The Pakistan Government has released 350 activists of the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has announced, averting another showdown with the radical Islamist party that was threatening to hold a “long march” to Islamabad.

Violent protests across country

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan workers have been holding violent protests across the nation, especially in Lahore, against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan for not releasing their party chief Saad Hussain Rizvi
Opposition parties and the proscribed outfit had staged separate protests in multiple cities of the country, resulting in Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi being partially shut down
Three policemen and seven TLP workers have died in the clashes so far that erupted on Wednesday

The TLP workers have been holding violent protests across the nation, especially in Lahore, against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan for not releasing their party chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.

After reviewing TLP’s demands, the issue will be resolved peacefully by Tuesday, Rashid said, a news agency reported on Sunday.

Opposition parties and the proscribed outfit had staged separate protests in multiple cities of the country, resulting in Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi being partially shut down. Three policemen and seven TLP workers have died in the clashes so far that erupted on Wednesday.

“We have released 350 TLP workers up to now and are still waiting to open both sides of the road of Muridke as per the decision with the TLP,” The Interior Minister tweeted after leading a government team in negotiations with representatives of the TLP, including Rizvi, its detained chief, in Islamabad.

Rasheed on Sunday said talks between the government and the TLP after they threatened to march towards Islamabad had been successful. — PTI

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