Key points of ‘peace deal’ between government and TLP revealed

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi talking the media during a briefing.–File photo

Soon after the Pakistani government and the banned religious outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) reached a peace deal on Sunday, a section of the local media claimed to have got access to the key points of the agreement through sources.

Citing sources, the Pakistani media highlighted the following points later Sunday evening:

1. The TLP has reportedly given up its demand for expulsion of the French ambassador

2. TLP activists facing terrorism and other criminal charges would have to seek relief from courts instead of the government

3. The government would release all other TLP activists booked during the group’s protests earlier this year

4. The TLP would join the mainstream politics as a political party

5. The government would not take any action against the participants in the latest protest movement led by the TLP

6. TLP protesters will leave the protest venues everywhere in the country within a day or two

7. TLP activists will remove barricades from various highways and roads tonight (Sunday night)

It is said that Mufti Muneebur Rehman has played the role of a guarantor in the peace deal between the government and the TLP.

Mufti Muneeb, who was part of the government’s negotiating team, had earlier refused to give specifics of the deal. He said that further details of the peace agreement would be shared with people at an “appropriate time”.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar and Federal Minister Ali Muhammad Khan signed the agreement with the TLP on behalf of the government.

The peace agreement comes after almost two weeks of clashes between the police and the TLP activists that left at least seven policemen dead and scores injured on both sides.

The TLP had begun the march for the release of its chief Saad Rizvi from jail and expulsion of French ambassador from Pakistan over publication of caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in a satirical magazine.

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