The Islamabad district administration has withdrawn orders for the capture of 19 Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leaders who were apparently involved in violence during the three day protests against the Asia Bibi’s acquittal last week, it occurred on Friday.
According to a former Facebook post by the office of the Islamabad deputy commissioner, (to read facebook post; click on given link)
the district administration had issued warrants for 19 individuals, “who were involved in violence and inducement”, under the Section-3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960.
As reported by DawnNewsTV, the orders for the arrests of the 19 local TLP leaders were issued on November 2nd 2018.
Though, Islamabad district magistrate Hamza Shafqaat allotted a notification on November 7th affirming that all those 19 orders issued on November 2nd 2018 have been withdrawn with instantaneous effect.
The interior secretary has been informed by the official; the Islamabad chief commissioner, inspector General of police and the Adiala jail administration about the withdrawal of the arrest orders.
Endeavors to seek a comment on why precisely the arrest warrants have been withdrawn were unsuccessful, as the deputy commissioner did not answer his phone.
The TLP and other religio-political parties launched countrywide protests on October 31st 2018 after the Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi; who was on death row for the past eight years on blasphemy charges.
The government and the TLP signed a deal to accomplish the latter’s nationwide protest; three days later. One of the foremost concessions, the Government was agreed to initiate the legal process to place Asia Bibi’s name on the exit control list (ECL).
The Government also guaranteed the party that it would not oppose a review petition filed against the Supreme Court’s judgment of Asia Bibi blasphemy case. The state further assured to take suitable legal action to compensation any deaths that may have occurred during the protests against the Asia Bibi’s decision and to release all people picked up from the protests starting October 30th 2018.
A day after reaching the agreement with the religio-political party, the federal Government ordered a crackdown against the troublemakers involved in damaging public and private properties and vehicles during the held protests.
The Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry later warned; that the Government would not turn a blind eye to nor forget the perceptive speeches made by the protest leaders during rallies against Asia Bibi’s acquittal.
“No one should have the impression that the Government will forgive this behavior,” he said. The impression that this Government is weak would be removed as we take further action.
It is uncertain if the conclusion to withdraw the arrest orders was taken under the terms of the agreement or due to other deliberations.