The deadlock between the government and the recently proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) over the ongoing protests across the country persists, as the banned party demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, expulsion of French ambassador to Pakistan, and immediate release of party chief Syed Saad Hussain Rizvi as well as all the detained workers.
Government has refused to pay heed to the demands of TLP thus third round of talks halted between the government and the TLP on late night Monday.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat and senior officials of the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) participated in the talks with the banned party’s leaders.
While on the other hand TLP released all the abducted officials of law enforcement agencies after two rounds of talks with the government representatives.
A government delegation also met TLP chief Saad Rizvi to persuade him at Kot Lakhpat Jail to call off the countrywide protests.
Negotiations began at 3pm and continued until 9:30pm.The negotiating team also broke their fast with Rizvi at Kot Lakhpat Jail.
The Ulema requested Rizvi to agree to end the sit-ins and protests across the country.
Rizvi gave a positive signal and put forward some demands before the delegation.
The demands were the deportation of French ambassador, release of arrested leaders and activists of TLP, end of cases and initiatives to prevent blasphemy worldwide.