Protests erupted in a number of cities across Pakistan after authorities detained Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Sahibzada Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on Monday.
According to a TLP spokesperson, Rizvi was arrested from Punjab capital’s Iqbal Town space, the place he had gone to attend a funeral.
The arrest comes a day after TLP central council had warned the federal government that if didn’t expel the French ambassador from the nation, they’d march on Islamabad from Lahore on April 20.
The celebration spokesperson condemned the arrest of Rizvi, saying “coercive ways” being utilized by the federal government wouldn’t dent the spirits of TLP and the celebration would proceed with the lengthy march if the federal government didn’t implement the settlement.
TLP has referred to as upon its staff and activists to stage protests and sit-ins across the nation, which led to large site visitors jams in main cities of the nation together with Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi and others.
Meanwhile, the federal authorities has additionally referred to as Rangers to keep up legislation and order within the federal capital which might be deployed by tomorrow (Tuesday).
Hundreds of TLP staff are protesting within the twin cities since Monday afternoon and blocked numerous highways and roads with burning tires.
Police within the twin cities have additionally been directed to arrests agitating TLP staff, who’re attempting to disrupt the legislation and order.
A heavy contingent of police has been deployed in any respect main authorities and personal buildings together with on main highways.
Dozens arrested in Karachi
Police and different legislation enforcement businesses arrested dozens of protesters attempting to sabotage the legislation and order and forcing retailers to close in Karachi.
People suffered large site visitors jams whereas returning house from their workplaces in II Chundrigarh Road, Merewether Tower and MA Jinnah Road.
According to site visitors police, Baldia Number 4 can be closed for site visitors as a result of identical cause. Separately, Zainab Market, Bolton Market, Mobile Market, Electronics Market, Gul Plaza, Zaibunnisa Street, Parking Plaza of districts South, amongst Malir, East and West additionally suffered extended gridlocks within the port metropolis.
Earlier the sources had informed The Express Tribune that the federal government had determined to desk a decision, concerning the calls for of TLP, together with the expulsion of the French ambassador from Pakistan, in parliament earlier than Eidul Fitr.
The resolution was taken in a gathering chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri and different related senior officers.
Sources stated that the assembly mentioned the technique for implementing the settlement reached with the TLP. It was additionally determined that different events can be contacted on the problem of French ambassador’s deportation. The assembly determined to convey the decision in parliament earlier than Eid.
The TLP had introduced a sit-in in Islamabad to press for its calls for. But on February 10, a authorities committee headed by Religious Affairs Minister Qadri assured the spiritual celebration that it will search parliamentary approval on its calls for by April 20.
The TLP has been demanding expulsion of the French ambassador over publication of blasphemous caricatures.
In November final yr, the celebration staged a sit-in in Rawalpindi, which ended after an settlement was reached with the federal government.
(With enter from DNA)