PM Imran Khan convenes meeting of Brelvi Ulema to chart a way out of TLP crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday called a meeting of religious scholars belonging to the Barelvi school of thought to discuss the ongoing march of the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) towards Islamabad, sources said.

During the meeting, the prevailing political situation, preserving religious harmony and matters pertaining to the ongoing march will be discussed, sources privy to the matter said. A delegation of ulema had reached the prime minister’s personal residence at Bani Gala late Saturday afternoon, reports said.

The prime minister will seek the ulema’s help in convincing the banned TLP to end their protest. He will also seek proposals from the religious scholars to defuse the ongoing tensions in the county.

Security forces take positions

Roads remained blocked and traffic suspended in Wazirabad on Saturday as TLP protestors intending to march on Islamabad encamped near the city for a second straight day. Outside Wazirabad, security forces have dug trenches and placed barricades on the roads in an attempt to contain the mob near a crossing over the Chenab.

All roads between Wazirabad-Sialkot and Wazirabad-Gujranwala have been sealed by government authorities to cut off the mob’s advance.


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