Govt lifts ban on TLP

Govt lifts ban on TLP

The summary to lift the ban on Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was approved by the federal government on Saturday, almost a week after the religious party reached a deal with the police to cease rallies across the country.

After Chief Minister Usman Buzdar's cabinet approved it, the Punjab administration delivered the summary to the Ministry of Interior.

The interior ministry conveyed the Punjab government's suggestion to the federal cabinet, which approved it.
Earlier in the day, a Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted bail to many TLP leaders in connection with several cases filed against them in the aftermath of the violent protests.

The court ordered all TLP leaders to post Rs100,000 bail bonds each.

Judges Ijaz Ahmed Butter and Hussain Bhutta of the ATC heard more than 20 cases that had been grouped together.

After at least three police officers were killed in violent protests in the provincial capital last month, authorities registered cases against TLP leaders at various police stations in Lahore.

Last month, the TLP began a new round of rallies in Lahore, demanding the release of its leader, Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi, the son of the party's late founder Khadim Rizvi. Saad Rizvi was arrested in April of this year for "maintenance of public order."