ISLAMABAD: On Sunday, members of the PTI government’s negotiation team attended a news conference to update the public on their discussions with the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
The administration was represented at the press conference by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, as well as Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.
Rehman began his press conference in Islamabad by declaring that talks with the proscribed TLP had been “successful” and that a “agreement” had been reached.
He did said that details of the agreement would be published at a “suitable time.” He went on to say that the agreement’s good outcomes will be visible in the coming days.
He claimed that the accord made with the government was a triumph for Islam and Pakistan, rather than a success for any individual.
According to Rehman, a steering committee has been formed under the agreement, which would be led by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and will include TLP Mufti Ghulam Ghous Baghdadi. He stated that the committee will become active today and begin working.
“The government of Pakistan and the TLP had a lengthy discussion in an atmosphere of mutual trust, and an agreement was achieved between the two sides,” Rehman said, emphasising that the talks were not held under coercion or in a tense situation.
He said that logic had triumphed over sentimentalism, and that the government and the banned TLP movement had reached an agreement.
According to a handout from the News Information Department, the government was originally slated to address the press conference at 11:15 a.m. (PID). The news conference, however, was delayed and finally occurred at 2:45 p.m. after being rescheduled twice
According to people familiar with the situation, the banned organization’s activists would first end their sit-in on the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) as part of the arrangement. Meanwhile, the government will complete the legal procedures necessary to release the TLP workers who have been detained.
According to reliable sources, a fruitful round of discussions took place last night between a high-powered government team and the TLP’s top leadership.