Saturday, May 8, 2021  | 25 Ramadhan, 1442
Samaa TV
Facebook Twitter Youtube
HOME > Pakistan

Countrywide strike in TLP support, police, rangers on high alert

Top clerics announce support for banned group

SAMAA | and - Posted: Apr 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Posted: Apr 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Countrywide strike in TLP support, police, rangers on high alert

Photo: Online

Listen to the story
Powerful clerics have called for a shutter-down strike across Pakistan today, Monday, in support of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan that was banned by the government for outbreaks of violence and protesting last week. Markets and public transport closed in KarachiInternet, mobile services suspended in LahorePolice and Rangers are on high alertNegotiations continue with TLP, says Sheikh Rasheed The former head of the moon-sighting Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Fazlur Rehman both announced their support Sunday night. Mufti Muneeb asked the government to release TLP workers and withdraw its ban on the group.“I announce that after today's incident, the French ambassador's exit from Pakistan has been stopped,” said Fazlur Rehman. “I am clearly announcing that if the bodies of TLP martyrs are sent to Islamabad, we will be with them.”He went on to say, “terrorists are not the ones who talk about the honor of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Terrorists are Imran Khan and his cabinet ministers.” Government holds talks with TLP Early Monday Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced in a video message that the government had started talks with the TLP. The second round of talks will begin after sehri. The TLP has released the 11 policemen it held hostage following clashes with the Lahore police on Sunday, Rasheed said, adding that the TLP men have gone to Rehmatul Lil Alameen mosque and the police have also retreated. His video message came hours after he denied holding any negotiations with the banned party. "We have been trying to reach a consensus with them for the past two months but they are not ready to compromise on their demands," he said in a media talk on Sunday. "TLP has been served a notice of three days and has been given a month's time to submit its response," Rasheed added. Clashes erupted Sunday Police and rangers were put on high alert in Karachi. Public transporters and markets said they would not operate in the city. Karachi Additional IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon told Samaa Digital that the police have been told to allow protesters to observe a peaceful strike. He said that the police would respond accordingly if anyone tried to create a law and order situation in any part of Karachi.Protesting broke out in Karachi at about 11pm on Sunday, according to SAMAA Digital reporter Aamir Majeed. Heavy contingent of police, Rangers took positions all over the city. Initially, the protests started in Liaquatabad and Mauripur Road. By night time a big crowd had gathered outside Darul Uloom-e-Amjadia in Nursery. Similar reports emerged from Orangi. The protesters who gathered at Mauripur Road blocked the road leading to the port, said traffic police. All the markets in Karachi will remain closed on Monday on the appeal of the ulema said the All City Traders Union Association and All Karachi Footwear Merchant Association. The same message was issued by Muhammad Hussain, the general secretary for the Transporters and Goods Association."This is a difficult announcement in the current business and commercial situation, but we cannot prioritise anything over honor," said Hammad Poonawala, the president of the All City Traders Union and all its associations. The Karachi Bar Association has called for a boycott of civil courts following the Lahore incident. The association has summoned a meeting of its general body at 11am. "We condemn the violence in Lahore," General Secretary Umar Nawaz Warraich. Mobile phone, internet services suspended in Lahore Mobile phone and internet services have been temporarily suspended in Lahore. Mobile data services have been suspended for the last five days in some areas. Here are all the areas where the services remain suspended: Areas within a 10km radius of Yateem Khana Chowk Shahdara Thokar Niaz Baig Gulberg Mozang Lytton Road Jail Road Mall Road Jail Road Chauburji Data Darbar Rewaz Garden Timeline of TLP protests November: TLP stages Islamabad sit-in over blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine. Ends protest after government says it will expel French ambassador.February: TLP threatens protest in Islamabad as the government does not implement the agreement.April 12: TLP chief Saad Rizvi plans protests. Is arrestedApril 13: Protests break out over Saad Rizvi’s arrest, policemen killed, cases registered against TLP supportersApril 14: Government bans TLP, protests continueApril 18: TLP chief Saad Rizvi’s CNIC blocked, assets seized, clashes intensifyApril 18-19: Top clerics announce support for TLP, countrywide strike declared Pakistan bans TLP On Thursday, the government formally proscribed the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan.  The government has reasonable grounds to believe that the TLP “engaged in terrorism, acted in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country”, a notification issued by the Interior Ministry stated. The religious group “intimidated the public, caused grievous bodily harm, hurt and death to the personnel of law enforcement agencies and innocent bystanders”, it added. Read: Pakistan has banned TLP. What will happen next? The party has been proscribed under section 11B (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. It empowers the government to ban an organization involved in terrorism. The ban will be placed under Section 11-B of the Ant-Terrorism Act, 1997, which gives the government powers to ban an organization involved or participating in terrorism.  Supporters of the religious party took to the streets earlier this week after their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested. Saad Rizvi's CNIC blocked The Punjab government has blocked the national identity card of the TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.  A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department on Sunday stated that the leader’s name has been placed under the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.  According to the act, any individual linked to a proscribed organisation can be restricted to limitations on travel, speech, and business. Here are the things Rizvi has been instructed to do as long as the order remains in force:  Execute a band for his good behavior and not get involved in any act of terrorism Not in any manner advance the objectives of the organisation (TLP) with one or more sureties not less than Rs500,000 Submit his passport to the policeTake permission from the police before leaving his house and inform them about his whereabouts Report himself as and when required to the police stationMoney and property owned by the party or Rizvi will be seized or frozen The assets of his family members will be probed by the Counter-Terrorism DepartmentHis activities will be monitored and kept under surveillance  Under Section 11E of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, the government has sealed the offices and frozen the accounts of TLP as well. All literature, posters, banners or printed, electronic, digital, and other material have been seized.  TLP has been instructed to submit its income and expenditure for all social and political activities and disclose all its funding sources.  In a meeting of the Punjab Home Department on Saturday, it was suggested that the TLP chief’s and five other party supporter’s names should be placed on the Exit Control List. A request regarding the matter has been sent to the Interior Ministry.  The government banned the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan earlier this week for engaging in terrorism and creating a sense of fear and insecurity in the country.  Following this, the National Counter Terrorism Authority recommended the government to take over madrassas operated by the party and crack down on its sources of funding.
FaceBook WhatsApp

Powerful clerics have called for a shutter-down strike across Pakistan today, Monday, in support of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan that was banned by the government for outbreaks of violence and protesting last week.

  • Markets and public transport closed in Karachi
  • Internet, mobile services suspended in Lahore
  • Police and Rangers are on high alert
  • Negotiations continue with TLP, says Sheikh Rasheed

The former head of the moon-sighting Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Fazlur Rehman both announced their support Sunday night. 

Mufti Muneeb asked the government to release TLP workers and withdraw its ban on the group.

“I announce that after today’s incident, the French ambassador’s exit from Pakistan has been stopped,” said Fazlur Rehman. “I am clearly announcing that if the bodies of TLP martyrs are sent to Islamabad, we will be with them.”

He went on to say, “terrorists are not the ones who talk about the honor of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Terrorists are Imran Khan and his cabinet ministers.”

Government holds talks with TLP

Early Monday Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced in a video message that the government had started talks with the TLP. The second round of talks will begin after sehri.

The TLP has released the 11 policemen it held hostage following clashes with the Lahore police on Sunday, Rasheed said, adding that the TLP men have gone to Rehmatul Lil Alameen mosque and the police have also retreated.

His video message came hours after he denied holding any negotiations with the banned party.

“We have been trying to reach a consensus with them for the past two months but they are not ready to compromise on their demands,” he said in a media talk on Sunday. “TLP has been served a notice of three days and has been given a month’s time to submit its response,” Rasheed added.

Clashes erupted Sunday

Police and rangers were put on high alert in Karachi. Public transporters and markets said they would not operate in the city. Karachi Additional IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon told Samaa Digital that the police have been told to allow protesters to observe a peaceful strike. He said that the police would respond accordingly if anyone tried to create a law and order situation in any part of Karachi.

Protesting broke out in Karachi at about 11pm on Sunday, according to SAMAA Digital reporter Aamir Majeed. Heavy contingent of police, Rangers took positions all over the city. Initially, the protests started in Liaquatabad and Mauripur Road. By night time a big crowd had gathered outside Darul Uloom-e-Amjadia in Nursery. Similar reports emerged from Orangi.

The protesters who gathered at Mauripur Road blocked the road leading to the port, said traffic police.

All the markets in Karachi will remain closed on Monday on the appeal of the ulema said the All City Traders Union Association and All Karachi Footwear Merchant Association. The same message was issued by Muhammad Hussain, the general secretary for the Transporters and Goods Association.

“This is a difficult announcement in the current business and commercial situation, but we cannot prioritise anything over honor,” said Hammad Poonawala, the president of the All City Traders Union and all its associations.

The Karachi Bar Association has called for a boycott of civil courts following the Lahore incident. The association has summoned a meeting of its general body at 11am. “We condemn the violence in Lahore,” General Secretary Umar Nawaz Warraich.

Mobile phone, internet services suspended in Lahore

Mobile phone and internet services have been temporarily suspended in Lahore. Mobile data services have been suspended for the last five days in some areas.

Here are all the areas where the services remain suspended:

  • Areas within a 10km radius of Yateem Khana Chowk
  • Shahdara
  • Thokar Niaz Baig
  • Gulberg
  • Mozang
  • Lytton Road
  • Jail Road
  • Mall Road
  • Jail Road
  • Chauburji
  • Data Darbar
  • Rewaz Garden

Timeline of TLP protests

  • November: TLP stages Islamabad sit-in over blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine. Ends protest after government says it will expel French ambassador.
  • February: TLP threatens protest in Islamabad as the government does not implement the agreement.
  • April 12: TLP chief Saad Rizvi plans protests. Is arrested
  • April 13: Protests break out over Saad Rizvi’s arrest, policemen killed, cases registered against TLP supporters
  • April 14: Government bans TLP, protests continue
  • April 18: TLP chief Saad Rizvi’s CNIC blocked, assets seized, clashes intensify
  • April 18-19: Top clerics announce support for TLP, countrywide strike declared

Pakistan bans TLP

On Thursday, the government formally proscribed the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan

The government has reasonable grounds to believe that the TLP “engaged in terrorism, acted in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country”, a notification issued by the Interior Ministry stated.

The religious group “intimidated the public, caused grievous bodily harm, hurt and death to the personnel of law enforcement agencies and innocent bystanders”, it added.

Read: Pakistan has banned TLP. What will happen next?

The party has been proscribed under section 11B (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. It empowers the government to ban an organization involved in terrorism.

The ban will be placed under Section 11-B of the Ant-Terrorism Act, 1997, which gives the government powers to ban an organization involved or participating in terrorism. 

Supporters of the religious party took to the streets earlier this week after their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested.

Saad Rizvi’s CNIC blocked

The Punjab government has blocked the national identity card of the TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. 

A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department on Sunday stated that the leader’s name has been placed under the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. 

According to the act, any individual linked to a proscribed organisation can be restricted to limitations on travel, speech, and business. Here are the things Rizvi has been instructed to do as long as the order remains in force: 

  • Execute a band for his good behavior and not get involved in any act of terrorism 
  • Not in any manner advance the objectives of the organisation (TLP) with one or more sureties not less than Rs500,000 
  • Submit his passport to the police
  • Take permission from the police before leaving his house and inform them about his whereabouts 
  • Report himself as and when required to the police station
  • Money and property owned by the party or Rizvi will be seized or frozen 
  • The assets of his family members will be probed by the Counter-Terrorism Department
  • His activities will be monitored and kept under surveillance 

Under Section 11E of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, the government has sealed the offices and frozen the accounts of TLP as well. All literature, posters, banners or printed, electronic, digital, and other material have been seized. 

TLP has been instructed to submit its income and expenditure for all social and political activities and disclose all its funding sources. 

In a meeting of the Punjab Home Department on Saturday, it was suggested that the TLP chief’s and five other party supporter’s names should be placed on the Exit Control List. A request regarding the matter has been sent to the Interior Ministry. 

The government banned the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan earlier this week for engaging in terrorism and creating a sense of fear and insecurity in the country. 

Following this, the National Counter Terrorism Authority recommended the government to take over madrassas operated by the party and crack down on its sources of funding.

 
HOME  
 
 
RELATED STORIES

2 Comments

  1. Ghulam Nabi  April 19, 2021 11:32 am/ Reply

    Only peaceful dialogue can resolve it

  2. Maha Saad  April 19, 2021 3:57 pm/ Reply

    I feel Govt deserves hard time because it didn’t fulfill its promise of expelling french ambassador since 6 months.

Tell us what you think:

Your email address will not be published.

FaceBook WhatsApp
 
 
 
karachi strike,strike in pakistan today,strike in karachi today,transport strike in karachi today,Religious parties announce strike , religious parties strike Pakistan,mufti Muneeb strike call Pakistan , tlp strike , Lahore tlp protest , today strike Karachi ,
 

MOST READ
MOST READ
NA-249 Karachi by-election results held back for recount
Watch: Actor Hira Mani mugged in Karachi
Firdous apology for Sonia Sadaf: I didn’t use right words
PML-N’s Malik Moazzam wins PP-84 Khushab by-polls
No processions for Youm-e-Ali, only majalis with SOPs: NCOC
Gogi Butt arrested in Lahore for ‘facilitating criminals’
Did the World Bank fund Karachi’s nullah evictions?
 
 
 
 
 
About Us   |   Anchor Profiles   |   Online Advertising   |   Contact Us   |   Feedback   |   Apps   |   FAQs   |   Authors   |   Comment Policy
Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   YouTube   |   WhatsApp