PESHAWAR: Police have registered cases against 400 protesters, including chief of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who staged protests against the Supreme Court’s decision in Asia Bibi’s case.
Media reports said these cases have been filed in Lahore’s Civil Lines Police Station. Prominent among those who have been booked include Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Pir Afzal Qadri, Pir Zaheerul Hassan and Allama Farooqul Hassan under terrorism, treason, vandalism and other sections.
The TLP activists had staged country-wide protests in Pakistan which crippled life activities and public property was also damaged in some places. The protest eventually ended after talks between the government and protesters on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said in an interview with BBC that the PTI government was committed to finding a permanent solution to violent protests.
The minister defended an agreement with the religious party to end the countrywide protests, arguing that the state preferred talks which always end in give and take.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior had issued directives for a crackdown on mobsters who damaged property during the demonstrations.
In a statement, the ministry said elements who vandalized public and private properties in the guise of protests across the country would be prosecuted, adding that such individuals would be identified with the help of videos and CCTV footages.