'Goodwill gesture': PTI's Ejaz Chaudhry meets TLP chief Saad Rizvi to congratulate on jail release

Published November 20, 2021
PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhry (L) meets Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan chief Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on Saturday. — DawnNewsTV
PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhry (L) meets Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan chief Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on Saturday. — DawnNewsTV

PTI Senator Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Saturday met Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi as a "gesture of goodwill" and to congratulate him on his release from jail.

Rizvi was released on Thursday from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail after the withdrawal of a reference filed in the Supreme Court's federal review board regarding his detention and the removal of his name from the Fourth Schedule — a list of proscribed individuals who are suspected of terrorism or sectarianism under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 — last week.

TLP spokesperson Ibn-e-Ismail confirmed the meeting that took place at Rehmatul Lil Alameen Mosque in Lahore, saying that the senator presented a bouquet of flowers to Rizvi, and also visited the grave of his father, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, whose urs is being held at the mosque till November 21 (tomorrow).

The spokesperson added that the process of political dialogue "always continues".

Meanwhile, talking to the media, Chaudhry said that he met the TLP chief as per his promise. "It is our responsibility to be in contact with the leadership that has a different past than the leadership of other political parties."

The PTI senator said it was the state's responsibility to have "pleasant" relations with all factions of the public to "avoid misunderstandings and ensure consensus, peace and calm".

"You will remember that when the agreement [between the government and the TLP] was reached, I had expressed satisfaction and prayed and wished that it got safely implemented."

"You saw it was implemented and today I was here to meet him," he added.

The TLP and the federal government reached an agreement on October 31 after many rounds of talks and two weeks of clashes which left seven policemen and scores of TLP workers dead. The agreement was kept secret, and it still is, but leaked information suggested consensus on removing the party from the list of the proscribed organisations, Rizvi's release and setting TLP workers free that were held under various charges including anti-terrorism.

A week later, on November 7, the federal cabinet decided to revoke the declaration putting the TLP on the list of “proscribed” organisations under the country’s anti-terrorism law.



Updated 24 May, 2022

Marching in May

MORE unrest. That is the forecast for the weeks ahead as the PTI formally proceeds with its planned march on...
24 May, 2022

Policy rate hike

THE State Bank has raised its policy rate by 150bps to 13.75pc, hoping that its latest monetary-tightening action...
24 May, 2022

Questionable campaign

OVER the past couple of days, a number of cases have been registered in different parts of the country against...
23 May, 2022

Defection rulings

By setting aside the existing law to prescribe their own solutions, the institutions haven't really solved the crisis at hand.
23 May, 2022

Spirit of the law

WOMEN’S right to inheritance is often galling for their male relatives in our patriarchal society. However, with...
23 May, 2022

Blaming others

BLAMING the nebulous ‘foreign hand’ for creating trouble within our borders is an age-old method used by the...