Sindh issues detention orders for 3 TLP leaders

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Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline religious political party, block a street during a protest following the Supreme Court decision to acquit Christian woman Asia Bibi, in Peshawar on November 1, 2018. - Pakistan's Imran Khan won praise for his stance against religious hardliners on November 1, as demonstrators blocked major roads to protest the Supreme Court's overturning of a blasphemy conviction. (Photo by ABDUL MAJEED / AFP)

KARACHI: The Sindh government has issued detention orders for three Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan leaders in Karachi under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO), 1960.

The leaders of the group Maulana Abbas Qadri, Ghulam Ghaus Baghdadi and Maulana Zain-ul-Abideen will be detained at District prison Malir prison for 30 days, read the orders issued by the provincial home department..

The orders said that the presence of these leaders “at any public place is likely to pose grave threat to the public safety and cause breach of peace and tranquility”.

The detention orders of the TLP leaders were issued a few hours after Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced that the government has decided to ban this group under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Interior Minister said that two policemen were martyred and 340 personnel sustained injuries due to violent protests in last three days,

The police arrested over 100 activists of the group from different parts of the city.

It may be mentioned that the TLP had won two provincial assembly seats from Karachi in the general elections. At present, it also has a reserved seat in the provincial assembly.

The TLP is also contesting the by-elections in NA-249 constituency. The recent riots were mostly on Baldia Town and Hub River Road in the same constituency where police personnel were beaten and one person was killed in the firing. The TLP claimed to have a worker.