Islamabad: The Federal Cabinet has decided to treat banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan as a militant organization and that no one will be allowed to challenge writ of the state.
Briefing media in Islamabad about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, which met in Islamabad today [Wednesday] with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said every individual has the right to have his own particular belief, but no one will be allowed to blackmail the state.
He said the state and the government demonstrated utmost restraint and avoided use of force against the violent protesters of banned TLP.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the banned TLP is not a political organization and instead a militant group.
He said previously the banned TLP activists had martyred six police officials and injured over 700 people and this time they martyred three more policemen and injured 49 others.
He said it is now responsibility of all the institutions to treat banned TLP as a militant outfit.
Fawad Chaudhry said checking activities of such groups has become inevitable to secure lives of the people and to uphold the sanctity of the state of Pakistan.
The Minister said the government is also vigilant about the fake news and negative propaganda being spread on the social media.
He said such elements should refrain from spreading fake news otherwise the state will come hard on them.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the cabinet was also briefed about the use of Electronic Voting Machines.
He said it has been decided to write a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold upcoming bye-election in Lahore through EVMs.
Regarding inflation, the Minister said prices of essential items in Pakistan, excluding ghee, are less in the region.
On the domestic front, he said prices of wheat and other kitchen items are less in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as compared to rates of these items in Sindh.
He urged the Sindh Government to pay special attention to control inflation in the province.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the cabinet also approved conducting of a screening test of CSS aspirants.