ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani People’s Party on Monday called on the government to release details of the deal with the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
“The Pakistani people have the right to know the details because it is not an issue in which state security is involved, but such an agreement will have an effect on the rights and life of an ordinary Pakistani.” , said the former president. The Senate Mian Raza Rabbani while demanding the government to make public the agreement with the TLP.
Former Senate Speaker Mian Raza Rabbani said TLP’s cessation of violence to promote a political agenda is welcome, however, it is strange that the government has agreed to a deal with a group of citizens .
He said that when an individual acts as a guarantor between the government and its citizens, it shows that the government has lost the morality and confidence of the people. Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that such a government cannot enforce state order and fulfill its duties to its citizens under the 1973 Constitution, to protect their life, freedom and property.
PPP Vice President Senator Sherry Rehman also called on the government to release details of the deal with the TLP. “What is the deal that will be revealed at an appropriate time?” She asked herself.
She said failure to disclose the deal raises many questions, the government should inform the people of the terms of the deal. “On what basis does the government vouch for the banned organization, because the court has the power to end the status quo and prosecute an individual,” she said.
Sherry Rehman said: “Having bowed to the banned organization, the Prime Minister and the government have turned around on their earlier statements.” PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Kokhar also demanded that the government make the deal public and inform parliament as the nation wants to know how the deal was signed in the dark of the night. “Citizens have the right to know what was agreed with a banned organization that crippled the country, disrupted daily life for 12 days. The demonstrators martyred innocent police officers, ”he said.
Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar asked if the sacrifices of Punjab police personnel were in vain or if the culprits would be arrested and punished. He said: “When the Hazara community did not bury their dead, Imran Khan said he would not be blackmailed, but here the whole state surrendered. Mustafa Nawaz Kokhar said history has witnessed that Pakistan has suffered greatly whenever the state has surrendered to such elements.