Saad Rizvi likely to be released after successful talks with govt

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LAHORE – Head of recently proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Saad Hussain Rizvi is likely to be released from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail today.

The development comes after Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced that matters with the proscribed TLP have been settled after talks.

The interior minister said in his video statement on Twitter that the cases filed against TLP workers under the Fourth Schedule will be withdrawn and he will hold a press conference later to give a detailed briefing.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat and representatives of police and law-enforcement agencies participated in the dialogues.

During the dialogues, the banned religious party demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and expulsion of French Ambassador to Pakistan. The proscribed TLP also demanded immediate release of party chief Syed Saad Hussain Rizvi and other workers.

However, the government delegation made it clear that the demand to expel French ambassador and the resignation of Sheikh Rashid will not be accepted.Tags:

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