Following days of rallies in the streets of Lahore, the outlawed Tehreek-i-Labbaik (TLP) declared on Thursday that it will begin a “long march” towards Islamabad on Friday, according to a statement published by the TLP media cell.
The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s “peaceful Namoos-i-Risalat march towards Islamabad will begin after Friday prayers”. From the TLP’s Markaz (headquarters), according to the statement, which also stated that the organization has a “plan B.”
The TLP’s Majlis-i-Shura (executive council) had decried in a statement issued prior to the announcement of the long march. That the group’s members had been staging a “peaceful protest” in the streets for the past 15 days. Yet their demand for the implementation of an agreement reached between them and the government earlier this year remained unmet.
“We attempted organizing rallies without obstructing highways and revealed the government’s ugly face to the public,”. It had claimed, adding that a minister from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet had agreed to the conditions of the deal and was now in denial.
Crackdown on (TLP)
The organization has also alleged that police had imprisoned a large number of its members during the ongoing rallies.
A TLP spokeswoman informed Dawn.com that authorities had detained hundreds of the group’s members.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Thursday that accepting the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s demand of expelling the French ambassador over blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would lead to the severing of ties with the entire European Union.
Tehreek-I-Labbaik (TLP) ultimatum
Syed Afzaal Hussain Shah, a member of the TLP’s central leadership. Addressed the attendees and announced the start of a fresh round of demonstrations.
Hundreds of TLP employees gathered outside company offices in groups. And staged a sit-in on both sides of the busy Multan Road.
Afzaal had promised the charged activists that the new agitation strategy will be presented on Thursday at 5 p.m.