TLP protests: Damage to property will be compensated: Fawad

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said the government will compensate for private property damaged or destroyed in the protests after the acquittal of Aasia Bibi following the Supreme Court verdict.

The information minister, addressing the media in Lahore, assured that those involved in vandalism “are being arrested” and the government has issued instructions to identify all such individuals. Chaudhry also said the centre would provide all required support to provincial governments.

Fawad also appreciated the role played by the opposition during the protests by religio-political parties.

Speaking on the prime minister’s visit to China, he said that “a historic pact for strategic partnership” has been signed between the two countries and the delegation would brief the country on their return.

The federal government is also improving ties with the European Union and also developing a strategy on Yemen, added Fawad.

The minister lambasted the opposition for misleading the people regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and rubbished PML-N’s claims of taking credit for a strong bilateral Pak-China relationship.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has summoned a report today from the FIA, National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the identities of the rioters.

Earlier, during a meeting chaired by the state minister it was decided that assistance will be sought from the Ministry of Defence to identify the rioters.

The government has also established a complaint cell to collect videos of miscreants involved in damaging property and harassing citizens.

According to the ministry of interior, citizens can share pictures and videos of those involved in damaging state and private property by WhatsApping on 0331 5480011. The ministry has assured that the name and number of citizens who share pictures and videos of violent protesters will be kept confidential.

The ministry on Sunday released initial pictures of the miscreants involved in vandalising property and harming common citizens during the demonstrations, which ended on Friday after the government reached an agreement with the protesters.

Police said 500 people, including Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and senior leader Afzal Qadri, have been booked in 11 cases. The suspects face charges of disrupting peace and blocking roads in Lahore.