PML-N criticises govt’s move to book TLP leaders on sedition, terrorism charges

Published: December 2, 2018
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PML-N leader Rana Sanullah. PHOTO: FILE

PML-N leader Rana Sanullah. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Criticising the government’s move to try Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leadership under sedition and terrorism charges, PML-N senior leader Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that framing ‘harsh’ charges on the TLP leaders will only aggravate the entire situation.

In a statement issued hours after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Pir Afzal Qadri among other TLP leaders and activists have been charged with treason and terrorism, the former Punjab law minister said ‘this mishandling of such a sensitive issue can backfire’.

Interestingly, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders had strongly criticised the government for letting the TLP miscreants off the hook with a mere agreement in the backdrop of the claims made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who during a public address vowed to take an uncompromising position for establishing the writ of the state.

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Sanaullah claimed that even during the dharna days, he advised the government to tread carefully as this was a ‘serious and a sensitive issue’. He said that they were amongst those who advised the government to not use force and today’s move is somewhat tantamount to using force against the TLP.

According to the PML-N leader, the situation could have been tackled in ‘some other fashion’. He claimed the TLP was created to damage PML-N and benefit PTI, adding that those who created the faction are now shutting it down as the purpose was served.

Sanaullah said the government needs to understand that there are some people in this faction who genuinely believe in the cause of TLP. He said that to find a wise solution for this problem, the government should have taken all the stakeholders into confidence.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party (ANP) spokesperson Zahid Khan lauded the government’s decision to register cases against the TLP leadership. He, however, criticised the ruling party for supporting the TLP and employing similar tactics against the elected government in the past.

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In a statement, he said that PM Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s attack on the parliament and siege of the PTV headquarters in Islamabad were acts of terrorism. The ANP leader also questioned motive behind distributing cash among the TLP protesters who had shut down Faizabad interchange in 2014.

It seems, he added, the state institutions have now understood they have to restrain mobs similar to TLP.

Zahid Khan urged the government, PM Imran and the institutions to apologise to the nation on supporting the TLP in the past.

He reiterated that the ANP believes in non-violent politics, and added that the freedom of press and supremacy of parliament are important. Zahid urged the information minister to respond to the notion that the media was facing unannounced censorship in the country.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Mazhar.A.Khan
    Dec 2, 2018 - 10:39AM

    He is always having bad mouth.this is is the first time that government has taken strong step against these TLP goons.
    Appreciate the move rather using it as point scoring.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 2, 2018 - 12:53PM

    Well done PTI! Thank you for exposing all these hidden terrorists. Thank you for telling the world that you wanted to take action but this PML-n mindset was the hurdle. This is how clever they are. When PM gave a hard speech, they opposed him. And when on public pressure they had to give a safe massage to the TLP protestors, they started crying about about letting them go.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 3, 2018 - 6:30AM

    There is no shame this man has. He is the one who was behind the first dharna of Khadim Hussain Rizvi and all he wants is a to stabilize the government. He has blood of innocent people on his hand and I am surprised he is still out with his big mouth. Recommend

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