The National Security Committee (NSC) was convened under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.
The NSC received a detailed briefing on the country’s internal security situation and the ongoing agitation by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).
The Prime Minister stressed that “no group or entity will be allowed to cause public disruption or use violence to pressure the government”.
Taking serious note of the unprovoked violent attacks committed by TLP members, the Committee resolved not to tolerate any further breach of law by this proscribed group.
While emphasising that the government recognised the right of peaceful protest of all Pakistanis, NSC members were unanimous that TLP was deliberately employing violence against public property, state officials, and ordinary citizens to create instability in the country and that this shall not be tolerated.
All organs of the state stood ready to act as per the law to protect the life and property of citizens.
The Prime Minister and Committee members expressed condolences at the loss of life of policemen and committed to compensating and looking after their families.
Participants decried TLP’s misuse of religion and the issue of Namoos-e-Risalat for political gains, which was misleading the common man and creating internal discord within society.
Participants recalled that TLP had adopted the ploy of violent street agitation on numerous occasions since 2017 and made unrealistic demands each time, solely as a tool to gain political strength.
In the process, TLP’s actions have caused public disorder, serious economic losses to the country, besides boosting the morale of other terrorist outfits seeking to challenge the state’s writ.
The Committee unanimously resolved to guard its sovereignty from all internal and external threats and to not allow TLP to challenge the writ of the state in any way.