Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) tomorrow (Friday) amid the violent protests by the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday.
Thousands of supporters of the banned outfit neared Gujranwala city in Punjab as they continued their march towards the federal capital, disrupting routine life along the route of the rally and creating severe difficulties for the masses.
In a tweet, Fawad said that the high-level moot had been called to discuss the situation emerging out of the “illegal activities” by the proscribed group.
“Other matters related to national security will also be discussed in the meeting,” he added.
کالعدم جماعت کی غیر قانونی سرگرمیوں سے پیدا ہونیوالی صورتحال کے پیش نظر وزیر اعظم عمران خان نے کل قومی سلامتی کمیٹی کا اجلاس طلب کیا ہے، اس اجلاس میں قومی سلامتی سے متعلق دیگر امور بھی زیر غور آئیں گے۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 28, 2021
At least five police officials have been martyred in clashes against the banned organisation since October 27. Another official who was injured yesterday succumbed to his injuries today.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said any act of terrorism including the killing of any law enforcement agency personnel will be dealt with “full force of the law”.
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“The state has laws against terrorism & militancy. Killing of policemen & other LEAs & any act of terrorism by TLP or any gp will be dealt with, with full force of the law,” she wrote on her official Twitter handle.
She added that restraint by the government so far should not be mistaken as weakness. “Let there be no ambiguity on that count.”
The state has laws against terrorism & militancy. Killing of policemen & other LEAs & any act of terrorism by TLP or any gp will be dealt with, with full force of the law. Restraint by the govt so far shd not be mistaken as weakness. Let there be no ambiguity on that count.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) October 28, 2021
Earlier today, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar gave a free hand to law enforcement agencies to deal with the TLP protests with an iron fist.
Presiding over a high-level meeting, CM Buzdar directed the LEAs to take all possible measures to maintain the law and order situation in the province.
The government cannot allow anyone to play with the lives and properties of citizens and it is the responsibility of the government to maintain law and order and protect public property and the government will fulfil its responsibility in all circumstances, he underscored.