Punjab Home Department considering removal of Tahreek-e-Labbaik leaders from Fourth Schedule

04:57 PM | 5 Dec, 2017
Punjab Home Department considering removal of Tahreek-e-Labbaik leaders from Fourth Schedule
LAHORE - The Punjab Home Department has started preparing a list of Tehreek-e-Labbaik leaders to remove their names from the Fourth Schedule - a police watchlist, reported a private media outlet on Tuesday.

According to the report, the department has decided that all the leaders mentioned in the list will be kept under surveillance, but police will not interfere in their affairs. In normal practice, people in the Fourth schedule are kept under surveillance and police can, if necessary, interfere in their matters.

According to highly placed sources, 30 Tehreek-e-Labbaik leaders, including the chiefs of the two factions, Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Asif Jalali, were in the Fourth Schedule and a meeting would take place between the TLP leaders and official of the Home Department in the next two days to settle the matter.

The Punjab Home Department has also issued a notification to release 1,500 Tehreek-e-Labbaik workers and leaders, arrested during the Islamabad protest, The News reported.

Last month the Khadam Rizvi faction of Tehreek-e-Labbaik, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) kept the capital city besieged for 22 days and encouraged his followers to carry on protests in the whole country. The events of protest turned ugly after a clash between police and protesters.

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The Fourth Schedule refers to a list of interdicted individuals, on the basis of suspicion of terrorism or spreading sectarianism under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997. The names of these individuals are included in the Fourth Schedule as prescribed by the Home Department, after credible intelligence information. Those included in the Fourth Schedule can face restrictions on travel, speech and business.