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Govt believes in talks, but won’t be blackmailed: Pakistan minister


Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that his government believes in talks, but it will not be blackmailed by anyone.

“The operation in Lahore was conducted over the
kidnapping of police and Rangers personnel,” Chaudhry said on Twitter.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is the true follower of
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and he raised the issue of blasphemous caricatures on every
forum.

Chaudhry’s statement came hours after two supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan were killed and 50 injured in a clash with the Lahore police Sunday afternoon.

The protesters had gathered outside the party’s Saddar
office and were chanting slogans against the arrest of TLP chief Saad Hussain
Rizvi.

A mob also attacked the Nawankot police station and held DSP
Umar Farooq, five constables, and two Rangers officials hostage for hours.

Protests by TLP supporters erupted in major cities across the
country Monday afternoon
, after their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested. The arrest
followed Rizvi’s announcement of a march on Islamabad over the government’s
failure to expel the French ambassador.

The demonstrations lasted for three days in which hundreds
of police officers were injured. Thousands of supporters were arrested and booked for
attacking police officers and blocking roads.

On Thursday, the government formally proscribed the Tehreek-e-Labbaik
Pakistan
.

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