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Offbeat Anti-France events: Pakistan does not loosen the pressure on the religious party TLP

10:35  22 april  2021
10:35  22 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Pakistan: thousands of anti-French protesters dispersed by the police

 Pakistan: thousands of anti-French protesters dispersed by the police © supplied by the Parisian the Parisian the Pakistani police scattered thousands of supporters of a radical Islamist party on Monday in Lahore (East) after the Arrest of his chef a few hours earlier. Saad Rizvi, the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an influential extremist movement, was arrested in Lahore, according to officials of his party. His arrest was confirmed by the police, who did not specify the charges against him.

Pakistan 's government is expected to ask parliament to vote on whether to expel the French ambassador, in a move widely seen as a bid to appease the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party . Protesting the arrest of Saad Rizvi. Supporters of the TLP throw stones towards police firing tear gas to Protesters display a pile of used teargas canisters which, according to them, were fired by the police. Although the government banned the TLP , its campaign continues to find support even among mainstream religious groups. The TLP had, however, agreed to "call off its protest sit-ins from the

The Pakistani government has announced it will ban the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan ( TLP ) party under anti -terrorism laws after the group staged protests calling for the expulsion of the French ambassador, paralyzing Lahore. The TLP ’s leader is already under arrest to “maintain law and order,” having been detained after calling for large-scale protests on April 20 to pressure the government to expel the French envoy, which the group claims Pakistan had privately agreed to do .

Manifestation du Tehreek-e-Labbaik à Lahore, au Pakistan, le 16 avril 2021. © Reuters - Stringer Event of Tehreek-e-Labbaik in Lahore, Pakistan, April 16, 2021.

The Pakistani authorities made Wednesday 21 April to a development during a press conference on the religious radical party that causes violent anti-France demonstrations since Eminuel Macron defended the right to caricature in the name of the freedom of Last October after the murder of Samuel Paty. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) remains forbidden and its leader in prison with regard to the anti-terrorism law.

with our correspondent in Islamabad, Sonia Ghezali

The Pakistani government had declined at the end of negotiations with the head of the party last week, submitting a motion on the expulsion of the Ambassador of France to Parliament, as demanded him the party. But he clarified the situation Wednesday, April 21. The head of Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) remains in prison as well as dozens of activists accused of violence against the police.

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Pakistan authorities sealed off a major road into Islamabad for a second day Monday as a far-right religious party held fresh anti - France protests. In 2018, the country was paralysed by violent TLP protests across Pakistan following the acquittal of The two parties are now working out a power-sharing agreement, but Senate Minority Leader Bowers did not respond to requests for comment.

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Four policemen were killed and more than 800 others were wounded in the events of last week , recalls Fawad Hothry, the Minister of Information. Side protesters, at least five were killed, many other wounded. 669 protesters arrested not accused of violence were released. But the status of Tehreek-e-Labbaik does not change.

"The prohibition that weighs on the organization is maintained, they can of course make an appeal to challenge this decision. With regard to arrested persons, they can appeal to justice, "said the Minister of Information at the press conference on Wednesday. The party is always forbidden under the anti-terrorism law.

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What has been happening in Pakistan ? Anti - France protests called by the TLP turned violent last week after arrest of the group's leader, Saad Rizvi, who had called on supporters to march on the capital and demand the French envoy be expelled. Police in Lahore said at least six officers were killed. Although the government banned the TLP on Wednesday, its campaign continues to find support even among mainstream religious groups. A call for a nationwide strike was widely heeded on Monday in Lahore and Karachi. Blasphemy is a major political issue in Pakistan and allegations that

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Monday opened negotiations with radical Islamist after they freed 11 police abducted during week-long anti-blasphemy protests against France in which four officers were killed, the interior minister said. The TLP has presented four main demands in the talks with the government, officials from both sides said. They included expulsion of the French ambassador, release of the TLP leader and around 1,400 arrested workers, lifting the ban on the group and the dismissal of the interior minister.

The Pakistani Human Rights Minister intervenes: "The message that is transmitted is that if they make use of violence, they will have to assume the consequences in the strict sense of the term. There will be no compromise on it. The state will react, "says Shireen Mazari.

French nationals "in security" in Pakistan

as to the French living in Pakistan, they are safe according to the Pakistani government. "We are committed to ensuring all security measures and we reassure them on the fact that there is a whole and perfect security. All cities are secure and the situation is under control, "says the Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

It ensures that the events have stopped. However, TLP activists would always be gathered in their headquarters in Lahore.

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