Pak’s Punjab to remove TLP’s proscribed status

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Punjab home department sent a summary to CM Usman Buzdar for removal of TLP’s proscribed status…reports Asian Lite News

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Thursday granted the initial approval to the summary sent to him for the revocation of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)’s proscribed status.

This comes after several weeks of clashes with banned Islamist group, TLP and Imran Khan government on last Sunday reached an agreement.

Punjab home department sent a summary to CM Usman Buzdar for removal of TLP’s proscribed status, reported Geo News.

After granting preliminary approval to the summary, the CM has now sent it to the Federal Cabinet to take a final decision regarding the matter through circulation, sources said.

The cabinet wing of the services department has now sent the summary to all the ministers of the province for their signatures, while sources added that the summary needs the support of at least 18 ministers to be approved.

As per the rules, if no reply is received within three days, the summary will be considered approved, reported Geo News.

The provincial government has also decided to remove the names of 90 activists of the proscribed outfit from the fourth schedule. The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Law Minister Punjab Raja Basharat in Lahore.

The fourth schedule is a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act under which someone who is suspected of terrorism is kept under observation. The list is referred to the police and other law enforcers for effective monitoring. If a fourth scheduler wants to move somewhere, he/she has to inform their nearby police station. The list also includes people suspected of involvement in anti-state activities and delivering hate speeches.

The meeting also decided to release 100 more activists of the proscribed organisation from different jails in the province, reported Geo News.

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Reshuffle likely in Lahore police

A major reshuffle of police officers is likely in Lahore, the provincial capital of Pakistan, due to their failure to control protestors of the banned outfit Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), local media reported.

The transfer of the “incompetent officers” and officials of Lahore, Sheikhupura and Gujranwala was discussed in the meeting between Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and IG Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan on Wednesday, reported The News.

Three officers were interviewed by the chief minister for the slot of CCPO Lahore.

The decision has also been taken by the top officials of the Punjab government to remove RPO Sheikhupura and Gujranwala, The News reported.

The removal of DIG Operations and SSP Operations is also underway, the newspaper reported citing sources.

However, no issuance of notification pertaining to the transfer and posting has been done so far.

Earlier, at least three Pakistani policemen were killed and several others suffered injuries in clashes with workers of the banned Islamist group and police personnel in Lahore when hundreds of TLP members had taken to the streets.

However, after weeks of violent protests, the Pakistan government on Sunday announced that an agreement has been reached between the negotiating team and TLP, without sharing any details of the agreement. (ANI)

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