Saad Rizvi asks employees to finish Lahore sit-in, shura members to give up to the regulation

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Supporters of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) celebration collect as they block a road throughout a protest, in Lahore on April 18, 2021. — AFP/Arif Ali

The chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Saad Rizvi, has purportedly known as for an finish to the continued protest exterior the outfit’s Masjid Rehmatulil Alameen headquarters, a newly surfaced letter reveals.

“The sit-in outside Masjid Rehmatulil Alameen must immediately come to an end,” Rizvi wrote, in a be aware addressed to the shura arkaan (council members), dated April 17, a replica of which is offered with Geo News.

“The workers must return peacefully to their homes,” Rizvi stated.

He added that the council members should give up themselves to the regulation as “owing to their stubbornness, hundreds of workers, as well as the general public, have been suffering”.

The TLP chief stated that the decision for a protest on April 20 have to be taken again.

TLP naib emir Syed Zaheerul Hassan Shah was tasked by Rizvi to expedite the implementation of his directives.

Rizvi’s earlier letter

The April 17 letter follows one purportedly written by Rizvi on April 15, which was shared by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill on Twitter.

Rizvi had additionally then requested his followers to “immediately end all protests and road blockages”.

“I, Hafiz Saad Rizvi, son of (late) Khadim Hussain Rizvi, with complete clarity of mind, and without any force, appeal to all the central leadership and workers of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik that in the interest of the nation and the public good, please do not take any illegal steps.

“All protest rallies and highway blockages should instantly be dropped at an finish. All employees should disperse peacefully and head on to their respective properties and totally cooperate with regulation enforcement businesses,” read Rizvi’s letter.

He had also specifically called upon the protesters to end the protest outside the Masjid Rehmatul Lil Alameen.

Rizvi’s arrest and TLP’s blacklisting

Saad Rizvi was taken into police custody on April 12 as a pre-emptive measure ahead of TLP’s protest intended for April 20.

On April 15, after a three-day long nationwide protest by TLP, which left at least six dead and hundreds injured, it was declared a proscribed organisation.

According to the notification by the Ministry of Interior: “The federal authorities has cheap grounds to consider that Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan is engaged in terrorism, acted in a fashion prejudicial to the peace and safety of the nation, concerned in creating anarchy within the nation by intimidating the general public, induced grievous bodily hurt, harm and dying to the personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies and harmless by-standers, attacked civilians and officers, created wide-scale hurdles, threatened, abused and promoted hatred, vandalised and ransacked public and authorities properties together with autos and induced arson, blocked important well being provides to hospitals, and has used, threatened, coerced, intimidated, and overawed the federal government [and] the general public and created sense of fear and insecurity within the society and the general public at massive.”

“Now, due to this fact, in train of the powers conferred by Section 11B(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, the Federal Government is happy to record Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan within the First Schedule to the stated Act as a proscribed organisation for the needs of the stated Act,” the notification added.

Rizvi placed on Fourth Schedule

On Saturday, the Punjab government placed Rizvi on the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

In a notification, Punjab’s home department said his assets have been frozen, and his national identity card has been blocked — which means he cannot conduct transactions via banks, nor can he sell or purchase any property.

Rizvi was also asked to submit his original passport to the in-charge of the police station tasked with the care of the jurisdiction where his residence falls.

The names of all Fourth Schedulers are referred to the local police and law-enforcement agencies for effective monitoring. If a Fourth Scheduler wants to move somewhere, he has to inform the nearby police station.

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