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Pakistan’s TLP leader Saad Rizvi released from jail, says party

Islamabad, Apr 20 (MNN) Saad Rizvi, the leader of banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan who was arrested on April 12, had been released from jail on Tuesday, a media report said.

Daily Times said that a party spokesperson had confirmed the release though the Pakistan government was yet to confirm the development.

Earlier, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said that cases registered against TLP would be withdrawn.

In a video message, he said that parleys between the Imran Khan government and TLP had been “successful”.

Rashid said that the government would present a resolution in the National Assembly for the expulsion of French Envoy. A government delegation of the Interior Minister, Religious Affairs Minister Dr Noor ul Haq Qadri, Punjab Governor, and other officials held meetings with the banned outlet.

Rashid said he would hold a press conference on Tuesday or Wednesday to share details.

“Talks will continue with them.”
Rashid announced that 11 police officers taken hostage by TLP have been released after the successful negotiations on Tuesday.

Imran Khan and the federal Cabinet had earlier approved the ban onTLP following violent activities and protests across the country after TLP chief Saad Rizvi’s arrest. The ban proposal was sent by the Interior Ministry.

Since November, the TLP leaders have been demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador over French President Emmanuel Macron’s action to strongly defend the freedom of expression and the right to republish caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.

The group gave 20 April deadline to expel the French ambassador.

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