Source: Geo TV
LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) called off its protest rally after cancellation of a blasphemous caricatures contest in Holland late Thursday.
The rally, led by Peer Muhammad Afzal Qadri and Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, had set out for Islamabad from Lahore a day earlier. It reached Rawalpindi late Thursday.
A government delegation held talks with TLP leaders, after which Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the TLP recorded its protest over blasphemous caricatures.
Speaking to media, he noted the National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in this regard, while he also explained the emotions of Pakistani people to his Dutch counterpart.
Qureshi said Pakistan’s ambassador to Holland has confirmed cancellation of the controversial contest.
He said that such contests promote extremism and his government would raise the matter in the United Nations, requesting the TLP protesters to disperse peacefully.
Shortly after Qureshi’s press talk, the TLP announced to call off the rally.
“Tehreek-e-Labaik announces to end its protest,” announced party leader Pir Afzal Qadri.