TLP approaches interior ministry for removal of ban

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ISLAMABAD: The banned Tehreek-e-Labaik has approached the government against ban, under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The party has stated in its petition that it is a political party registered with the Election Commission and has nothing to do with terrorism.

A meeting has been convened at the Interior Ministry on April 30 to review the petition.

Following the arrest of Saad Rizvi, the leader of TLP on April 12, there was a backlash in different parts of the country, especially in Punjab. Police were attacked, policemen were abducted and then the federal government proscribed organization.

The decision to ban the organisation was taken under section 11B of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Federal Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed had said that organisation could appeal against the ban within 30 days.