At 10 PM tonight, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and Religious Affairs Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri will, yet again meet workers of the recently banned Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) for a third round of talks.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that the second round of talks had ended earlier today.
کالعدم تحریک لبیک اور حکومت پنجاب کے درمیان مذاکرات کا دوسرا راؤنڈ کچھ دیر پہلے اختتام پذیر ہوا، گورنر پنجاب چوہدری سرور اور وزیر قانون راجہ بشارت نے حکومت کی نمائندگی کی تیسرا راؤنڈ رات کو دس بجے ہو گا جس میں وزیر داخلہ شیخ رشید اور وزیر مذھبی امور نور الحق قادری شریک ہوں گے،— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 19, 2021
The first round, led by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, had taken place yesterday after which 11 police hostages were released by the TLP. The first talks took place after a day of clashes between workers and the police.
Although Prime Minister Khan, in his address to the nation, clearly said that the approach taken by the TLP to the French backing of blasphemous cartoons is wrong, the TLP has put forward four demands. They want the French ambassador to be sent back to France, the part chief Saad Rizvi to be released, the ban on the party to be removed and the arrested workers to be released. PM Khan has clearly stated that his approach, which includes uniting the Muslim world should be adopted by the country, and that the TLP is trying to show that they ‘feel more passionate’ about the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which is not true.
It remains to be seen what happens in the meetings between the TLP and the government. However, PM Khan mentioned that the violent protests done by the banned party had led to the killing of four police officers, 800 officers injured, 40 police cars destroyed and millions of rupees lost in the destruction of private property.