Government of Pakistan take legal action against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)

Government of Pakistan take legal action against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)
Khadim Rizvi, other TLP leaders charged with treason, terrorism: info minister

The government of Pakistan has decided to take legal action against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and booked its top leadership under treason and terrorism charges, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday.

"The government has decided to take legal action against leaders of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan. Therefore, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of the TLP, has been charged under terrorism and treason laws at the Civil Lines Police station in Lahore," Chaudhry told reporters in Lahore.

"Afzal Hussain Qadri, who is the second most important TLP leader, has been charged over treason and terrorism allegations in Gujrat," he said.

Another TLP leader, Inayatul Haq Shah, has been charged under treason and anti-terrorism laws in Rawalpindi while Hafiz Farooqul Hassan also been charged under similiar laws, Chaudhry added.

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party led countrywide protests last month against the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman facing blasphemy charges. The days-long protests paralysed routine life in major cities of the country.

Police had already taken top TLP leaders including Rizvi into protective custody later last month when they refused to withdraw their call for yet another protest in Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh on November 25.