Cabinet decides to keep ban on TLP

-Approaches ECP for cancellation of party’s election symbol
-Approves 15% hike in Military personnel salaries

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the Federal Cabinet has decided to maintain the ban imposed on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) earlier this year after the party’s workers staged three days of violent protests across the country.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the report by the committee, constituted to review the TLP’s appeal against the ban, was presented in the meeting of the federal cabinet.
“The cabinet was told that after listening to the stance of Punjab government and the party and after investigating the matter, the committee has decided that the decision to ban TLP was done on merit and facts.”
Chaudhry recalled that there were allegations against the TLP of torturing and killing policemen, setting fires and damaging property, adding: “Keeping this in view, the cabinet has agreed with the committee’s report and decided to maintain the ban on them (TLP).”
In the second phase, the law ministry and the attorney general for Pakistan would approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the cancellation of the party’s election symbol, he said.
The government had formally banned the TLP on April 15. The development followed three days of violent protests staged by TLP activists against the arrest of their leader, Saad Hussain Rizvi.
A notification declaring TLP a proscribed organisation was issued by the interior ministry shortly after the federal cabinet, through a circular notice, approved a summary to ban the party. The TLP had decided to appeal the ban, following which the government constituted a committee comprising two representatives of the interior ministry and one from the law ministry, to decide on the appeal within 30 days. Last week, the Punjab government extended Rizvi’s preventive detention for another 90 days.
15pc special allowance for army: Chaudhry said that during yesterday’s meeting, the cabinet approved a 15 per cent special allowance on running basic pay for Pakistan Army personnel. There had been no increase in the salaries of armed forces personnel for the last two years, he said. “They (Pakistan Army) had frozen their salaries. On the civil side, discretionary allowances up to 25pc were given to Secretariat employees and a general allowance of 10pc was given to civil employees.